Saturday, July 04, 2009

What is the earliest of all fibers

Discovering t he antiquity of Linen
Linen is one of the earliest products known to civilization. Nope it was not cotton! But Linen!
When the tomb of the Pharaoh of the Exodus, Rameses II., who died 1258 B.C, - 3,000 years ago - was discovered in 1881, the linen wrappings were in a state of perfect preservation..Linen is one of the earliest fibers to be made into string and cloth. It comes from the flax plant, which grows all over the Mediterranean region. Flax is a tall, reed-like plant, with long fibers which make it easy to spin into thread. You pick the plants, and then leave them to soak in a tub of water or a stream until the hard outside stem rots away and leaves the long, soft fibers underneath. This is called retting the flax. Takeing the fibers and spin them on a spindle into linen thread. Linen can be spun coarse, or it can be spun very very fine,It's up to the spinner.
People were spinning and weaving linen by about 5000 BC, even before wool.Now you know what is the ealiest fibers was and is! Hope you enjoyed...Sherrie

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