School: Teamhair, Áth Treasna

Taur, Co. Cork
Dd. Ó Súillleabháin
The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0351, Page 489

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  1. Flax is a very important plant because it
    is grown for its textile fibres and seeds
    the latter are called flaxseed.
    Flax is not grown to a great extent in
    southern Ireland now, but in former days
    it was, because the soil is of a peaty nature.
    The flax was first pulled and put into
    sheaves. When this was done it was put
    into a flax-dam to rett or "bog".
    The flax was then taken from the flax-dam
    and put on the grass for bleaching.
    After this it was pounded with a beetle.
    The most important process was the cloving
    and it was done with a cloving tongs.
    It was then hackled to separate the fine
    fibres from the coarse and was warped by
    fastening the threads to crooks in a wall
    and was then wound into hanks.
    The hanks were then sent to the weaver,
    where it was woven into shirts and sheets.
    Transcribed by a member of our volunteer transcription project.
    1. activities
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