Women carry bales of wool for processing in Mazamet in France. Wool washed in large containers with warm and cold water. Clean wool put in a machine for drying, operated by a woman. Women sort wool from the cleaned bales. Old man wearing beret sits on a stone bridge, and lights pipe. He remembers the time just after the war when France had no money, industry and factories. Machines stand idle, streets with closed shops and houses with closed shutters. Closed banks. Men cutting logs of wood. Other men fishing in river. Afterwards Marshall Plan provided financial aid. People back to work. Factories opened up. Processing of wool taking place.
Boys and girls on bicycles pass by on the street in Mazamet, France. Industries in the area. Farmer with flock of sheep. Sacks of wool unloaded from freight train. Ruins of small wool factories. Water from waterfalls, river and canals used in the factories.
Man removing wool from hides by soaking and scraping in Mazamet, France. Wool factory in the town. This process of removing wool from hides is called Denapping process. Piles of sheep hides imported from round the world. People write down something from the notice which has been pasted on a wall in the town. Complete denapping process is shown. Hides are soaked in water. Machines hides fed through to remove dirt. Then hand denapping is done. Wool is scraped from hides with knives.
Skins dried in the factory in Mazamet in France. Skins softened in chemical baths through rollers. Tanning in huge drum to preserve them and make them waterproof. They are polished and pressed.
Warehouses full of wool in Mazamet, France. Spinning mills and machines in factory. Processing of yarn in the factory. Bundles of wool for export. Bundles of wool on Lorries. Another man receives him. A bridge over a river. An old man gets lift in a truck uphill to his home. The old man looks at the valley.
Shows the French town of Mazamet. A man comes out of his house. He walks in the town streets. He talks to an old woman in a house. Aerial view of the town. Houses in the town. Man stops at a shop.