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.
Image courtesy of Maureen Hammond
The Linen Craft
Book by Sarah Popelier (Libeco). ‘Fiber to Fabric’ Pub. Libeco
Pigeon made of linen, filled with flax seeds
Scutched flax offered for exhibition by Lisburn Museum
Flax grown in Edinburgh offered for exhibtion by Linda Green