Armagh and the Linen Industry
Published: 11 September 2009
Over the past few weeks the visually impaired arts and crafts group have focussed their attention on the linen industry in Armagh which was once a major employer in the county
The very mention of the word 'linen' brought back memories for Marie who had worked at the Glenanne factory. A few years ago the Museum had visited Glennane to photograph the factory which had recently realigned its business to specialise in one-off commissions, though now unfortunately has closed.
Inspired by the on-set of autumn, the group worked to produce an individual piece of textile art based upon a leaf pattern constructed from different coloured linen samples.
They were also shown objects from the Museum's collections, including linen seals and shuttles. The shuttles were part of the loom that carried the threads, while the linen seals were pressed into ink and stamped on cloth to ensure its quality.
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