The Flax

The earliest trace of flax culture in the Swedish county Hälsingland is dated to circa 200 AD.  Evidence from the Viking age indicates that women wore linen chemises under their woolen skirts. Flax has been grown for domestic use throughout Sweden. In medieval times there was a surplus of flax in Hälsingland and linen became an item of trade. In fact, linen rather than money was used to pay taxes and fines.

 

Large-scale flax production has been a part of Hälsingland’s economy for centuries, but the real boom came in the 18th and 19th centuries during times of peace. This led to considerable wealth in the heyday of linen production, seen amongst other things in Hälsingland’s “farmers’ palaces” with their many outbuildings, murals, and highly decorated showy entrances. In the valleys alongside the Ljusnan and Voxnan rivers one can still see evidence of these buildings, many of which were never inhabited. Rumour has it that curtains were hung and the backs of chairs were nailed to windowsills to give the illusion that people lived there.  Today the best preserved areas where linen was produced are actually right here in Växbo. Here in Trolldalen (The Trolls’ Valley), the waterwheels rotate again, and you can hear the thud of the breaking mallet and the whirr of the scutching blades driven by the force of the water.

 

Care advice for linen

 

Linen should be washed separately the first time as lint can be released.

Always soak linen in lukewarm water for approximately 20 minutes before washing.

Wash at 60˚C using a mild detergent without optical brighteners or perborates. For our curtains, we recommend hand wash or machine wash on wool program at max. 40˚C. 

Very short spin. Stretch when hanging.

Mangle or iron while damp, using highheat or let dry and enjoy linen’s attractive creasing. 

NEVER tumble-dry linen.

The products Våga, Bubbel and Snäcksal becomes more beautiful if you just stretch and dry them after wash.

Stain removal – use soap together with boiling water.