A friend recently showed me this video from the Land of Legends Centre for Historical-Archaeological Research and Communication (in Danish Sagnlandet Lejre), a 106-acre open-air museum in Denmark. The centre is currently researching ceramics and textile technologies and this video gives a sense of the many different processes behind early textiles, when all of the tools had to be handmade before the textiles or garments could be made.
You can find out more on the Sagnlandet Lejre Website and on Facebook.
Watching this makes me so glad that I am able to carry on some of these traditions myself - teaching the children to knit and spin, and passing things on via this blog too. It's also fascinating to think how much harder our predecessors would have had to work to be able to practice the crafts we still use. It looks like it would be fun to try making my own tools and fibres but I really don't think I'd have the patience for it all of the time. Would you?