Video on DVD – Lint and Linen - The Irish Linen Industry in the 1940's
This video looks at the complete year of flax harvest, re-created as it would have been done in Ireland in the late 1940s. We follow on from the production of flax though each process until at the end Irish Linen is produced. We follow two men with a keen interest in the past who decide to grow 2 and half acres of the famous flax. This video follows their journey through the flax harvest and then follows all the other processes required to produce Irish Linen. We look at the processes involved in making linen such as the growing, pulling, stooking, dam retting, scutching, spinning, weaving, beetling and bleaching. As well as the nostalgic memories which this film should bring back we also show a side which many of the farmers never saw.
Produced by Thompson Video Productions Co. Derry Northern Ireland