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Flax and Linen Collections

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Flax Cultivation and Linen Production

WHC Collections 1998.010.0027

WHC Collections 1998.010.0027

For at least 36,000 years, humans have been utilizing the flax plant (genus Linum) for many applications.  Flax seeds can provide food as well as be processed into linseed oil which is used to treat wood, as a paint base and more.  Its long fibers can be processed and woven into cloth for delicate clothing or twisted into lengths of sturdy twine and fishing nets.

The Mid-Willamette Valley has the climate characteristics necessary to raise the type of flax used for fiber.  Growing and processing flax for oil and textiles played an important role in economy of the Mid-Willamette Valley.

WHC Collections Related to Flax and Linen

The Willamette Heritage Center Collections has over 200 items related to Flax and Linen.  This includes everything from actual fiber samples and materials made out of linen to informational bulletins to photographs.

See the entire list:  Linen and Flax Collections

Digitized Collections

Tour of the Miles Linen Plant, 1929

WHC L2002-041

Oregon Magazine Article, 1930

WHC X2011.008.0136

W.P.A. Pamphlet, c. 1935

WHC x2011.008.0133a

W.P.A. Pamphlet, c. 1935

WHC x2011.008.0133a

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