Linen is perhaps the worlds oldest textile and is derived from varieties of the Flax plant.
Here we take you on a sensory journey, describing the growing cycle, relaying the traditional stages of production and illustrating how this textile is manufactured today using sight, sound, smell and touch. With image, song, scent bottle and touch tray, we pick up the threads of cultural union that tie Scotland into Europe from plant to product.
Hand Punch Cards
Hand loom punch cards from hand-operated hole punch device, offered for exhibition by Lisburn Museum
Damask point chart originating from Dumfermline, offered for exhibition by Fiona McKelvie of McBurnie and Black
Machine Punch Cards
Industrial loom 20 field general purpose punch cards offered for exhibition by Brenda Collins
Art of Weaving
Book by Alex Brown. ‘A Practical Treatise of the Construction of the Power-loom and the Art of Weaving’ Pub. James P. Mathew & Co. Offered for exhibition by Angus Maclean