611 Steinbach Nutcracker The Linen Weavers
Linen Weavers-There were two things that induced me to make a
linen-weaver. First is the memory of the meticulously clean linen
laundry in my grandmother’s household and second is the drama >‘The
Weavers< (Before Sunrise) by Gerhart Hauptmann (Nobel Prize for
Literature in 1912) — a play, that deals with the destitution of the
linen-weavers during the time of the Industrial Revolution. The new
automatic weaving looms destroyed a handcraft, that had been centered
for generations here in Germany in the area of Silesia and of the Upper-Lausitz.
Fresh, satiny-soft linen is still the
pride of every housewife. Pure linen in warf and woof must be made of
flax-yarn, and half of at least 30 % flax-yarn.
Even in ancient times highly civilized
cultures made use of linen fabric. It can even be found in the swaddling
bandages of the mummies of ancient Egypt. Linen fabric is still the best
quality, is durable, difficult to tear and can be boiled and still
retain its shape and texture.
After all is said and done, there’s
still nothing quite like sleeping on grandmother’s freshly laundred
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