Soaking Flax on a Belgian Farm
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|Soaking Flax on a Belgian Farm|
"Raising flax and manufacturing linens and linen laces are important industries of Belgium. The flax is gathered, tied in bundles, and piled in stacks such as appear in the background of the picture. The woody bark and stem of the fibers are rotted off by sinking them on rafts in running water. The straw is then pounded until only the fibers are left. It is from the fibers that linen is made." Image and caption from circa 1920.
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