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.
Plain weave canvas was a popular choice for artists painting with oils. However some artists, such as Greek Renaissance painter El Greco chose to use pattern weave canvas.
Here we show the result of some hand weaving research into those important artist canvases.