For many years, on trips to my home country Germany, I loved
to search rural villages and markets hoping to come across this
rustic, homegrown linen that I loved so much while growing up.
All of my linen is between 80 to 130 years old. The entire process
(see our history page), from the growing of flax, the retting
(rotting) of the plant's fiber, the spinning and the final weaving,
was done by individual farm families of former times. Women
weavers would work an entire evening, between 4-6 hours, to
produce just one yard of this beautiful linen.
Each bolt is one of a kind, never to be produced again! They differ
in texture, color and width. Each farmer wove unique stripe
patterns into the linen to identify his sacks when he took them to
the mill. That way, the miller could make sure the sacks were
returned to their rightful owner.
Mangle cloths were used with old roller ironing presses called
mangles. These wonderful linen fabrics, which are about 3m
German Grain Sacks
These German grain sacks are VERY RARE, and few survived the wars. The
printing on the sacks is original.
The history of these grain sacks is amazing. German farmers would have them
stenciled with their names in order to identify their sacks when they took them to
the mill. They also often inscribed the name of the farm and the date it was
established or taken over by a new owner. The earliest sacks were hand painted.
Around 1890 stencilling became the more common mode of imprinting the sacks.
Wealthier farmers beautified the sacks with farm emblems that often hinted to the
kind of farming in which they were engaged. The sacks were all numbered between
1 and 99. Most of them were hand-sewn together. Nowadays they are sometimes
found when old farmers give up their farms and sell their farming implements
because farming is no longer economically viable for them.
We offer antique/vintage homespun Hungarian grain sack linen, which was hand woven from flax and hemp during the early
1900’s. In addition, we offer antique/vintage French and German cottons and mangle cloths as well as products made from
Almost all of my textiles are directly imported from Europe. I carefully select and
handpick each item to offer my customers only the very best of French and
German linens and cottons.
long, 90cm wide and 60 to 100
years old, were used to protect
other fabrics as they passed
through the mangle. Mangle cloths
can be used for a wide variety of
home projects, such as curtains,
roman blinds, tablecloths,
upholstery, anything you can
imagine! The uses for these
gorgeous linens are just limitless!
Hungarian Grain Sacks
These sacks are all around 100 years old. The farmers used them
to store their grain and as means to transport their cereal crops
to the mills. The unique stripe patterns were hand woven into
the sacks so that farmers could easily identify their bags at the
mills. Some farmers' wives cross stitched their initials on the
sacks as well.
The sacks differ in length and width. Almost all of them have
hand stitched side seams.
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