You learn something new every day!
My entire life which spans 54 years I thought linen was cloth made from cotton, thanks to this photo I have now learnt that I was ill informed and linen is produced from the flax plant also known as linseed which is where we also get linseed oil.
This is something I now know, which I can add to my back catalogue of useful information to bore friends and family with.
When I was young and poor I learnt a trade, and after many years of hard work Iím not young anymore.
Toolmaker51 (Nov 23, 2021)
Having worn all those but cashmere (which is best encountered differently!), you appreciate natural fibers each have distinct and useful qualities.
Humans, over eons, learned these trial-and-error, and used accordingly, to expand from mere hides.
One advantage from age, the ever-increasing volume of such knowledge, and finding those interested!
Like HMT.net, for one.
...we'll learn more by wandering than searching...
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