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'Fibre to Flax'- the flax industry in County Cavan

Sandra Coote - Crafts of Ireland
Crafts of Ireland

In the 18th century, one of the biggest industries in Ireland was the linen industry. Linen fabric is made from a plant called flax. Across Cavan, towns held fairs and markets on different days which were important for the trading of flax and linen. For most tenant farmers on small landholdings flax growing was more profitable than other forms of farming. Producing linen fabric from flax is a labour intensive process. This project will detail the journey of the flax plant, extraction of flax fibre, scutching and spinning and demonstrations of the ancient craft of flax growing on film.

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