Conner Prairie Living History Museum Interpreter
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Costumed interpreter combing flax, part of the process to prepare the fibers for spinning into linen. Linen was a very popular fabric in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries in North America. However, the invention of the cotton gin in 1793 made the mass production of cotton feasible, and fewer textiles and clothing were made of linen in nineteenth century America. Today flax plants are grown more for their seeds than their fibers. They are used in the production of linseed oil, specialty papers, and cigarette papers. French in Illinois 16 History; 15 Economics
|Illinois Heritage Association|
|University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign|
|University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University Library|
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