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Retting Flax

Wednesday 26th June 2013

Scotland was one of the first countries in the world to grow flax for making linen. In the eighteenth century it was a thriving industry in the highlands.

Part of the process was "retting", which separated the fibres from the plant by using water and bacteria. This took place in natural or man made ponds, lochans, or bogs.  All readily available in the Highlands.
Flax feildThe industry diminished with the growing supply of cotton from abroad during the nineteenth century.  However, traces still remain. This is a retting bog at Bal na Moan, (the town of the bog) near Pitlochry, where the flax continues to grow.