Linen in the museum

May 14, 2016

Last week I had the opportunity to visit the Open Air Museum in Vorau, in eastern Styria. The museum presents old buildings and objects related to traditional rural life in the area – and as it turned out, quite a few of these objects had to do with textiles.

In the “old days”, the growing of flax and the production of linen played a significant role in the life and economy of the rural communities in this part of the country. Consequently, the museum’s collection is full of tools like looms and spinning wheels…

…and this amazing early-20th-century winding machine which looks suspiciously like some ancient instrument of torture:

So, if you happen to be in the area, don’t miss it!