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Queen Cotton is a Technicolor introduction to the manufacture and design of both woven and printed cotton fabrics, the products of which are presented in a stunning fashion show.
'Cranes swing out over the docks of Manchester. Bales of raw cotton come in from all over the world for the looms of Lancashire. Even in wartime Lancashire supplied the world's cotton goods. The film includes a display of fashions in fascinating cotton fabrics by well-known dress designers.'
(Films of Britain - British Council Film Department Catalogue - 1941)
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