Flax Processing

The Ångermanland flax was long and strong. Due to the early frost, the flax was harvested before the seed was fully developed. This gave a finer flax, but flax seeds for the next year's sowing had to be bought, preferably from Riga, where they had the best seed. In the 18th century, linen became one of the area's most important commodities and farms that invested in flax production could become rich. However, meticulousness and knowledge were required to become really good at it. Cultivation, preparation of the linen, spinning and weaving, no part could be neglected. The finest linen was sold on trips south. Among other things, people from Dalarna came to Ångermanland to learn the craft. 

 

Elin talks about pulling the tangle through the wedding ring of the woman of the house. An account from 1810 says that the finest linen thread was as thin as a hair, that a whole skein weighed 20 grams and was about 2 km long, and that the whole skein was so thin that you could pull it through the wedding ring of the woman of the house.

 

 

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