The Basque tradition of linen weaving is as old as the time. The flax has always been a common plant in the Basque Country and in ancient times each household was growing it usually in front of its “etxe” – the blue flax flowers adding another color to the whites, reds and greens of a Basque village view!
Beside weaving unbreakable bed linens that were passing from generation to generation and solid clothes to resist the hard field and household work the flax was used for weaving… mantles for cattle, mantles called “saial”: large rectangular cloths, that were fixed on the backs of oxen and cows to protect the animals from flies and the sun and to absorb their perspiration.
Nowadays the Basque linen is a regional flourishing industry that produces table cloths, napkins, towels, pillow cases, table decorations etc. in modern designs that are very much appreciated by local and tourists alike.
Many workshops invite visitors to see for themselves the modern process of making the Basque linen.
Hi, I am Carla. I am living and working in the beautiful city of Toulouse, France.
I like history, travel and... the southwest of France and try to share through this blog information about events that might be of interest to the travelers to this part of the world!