Antique German Grain Sack Linen Small Christmas Stocking Garland - beautiful addition to your rustic country Christmas décor

Antique German Grain Sack Linen Small Stocking Garland - beautiful addition to your rustic country Christmas décor

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*** Darling garland with small antique European grain sack linen stockings, perfect for Christmas. ***

Accent your Christmas décor by displaying this lovely garland on an armoire, a cabinet, a wall or anywhere you like to add Christmas charm to your home.

  • Stockings measure 6” x 4.5” and are spaced 10” apart for an overall length of 42”.
  • Hemp twine is 82” in length leaving 20” of twine at each end of the garland.
  • Stocking backs are made from vintage German mangle cloth linen.

The stockings are made from antique, handwoven German grain sack linen and are fastened to hemp twine. The backs of the stockings are made with vintage mangle cloth linen, a 50 – 90 year-old linen fabric from Germany.

The antique German grain sack linen is 90 - 140 years old and made from flax and hemp, grown by European farmers who wove the material by hand. Women weavers spent their evenings weaving this amazing linen. It took about one night to weave a 24-inch length of linen approximately 20 inches wide.

The grain sacks were then sewn together and stenciled or hand painted, often with beautiful tar-based ink. Farmers as well as others applied symbols of their work for identification on these sacks. The symbols might include farm implements, such as a rake or an animal in the case of a farmer, or even a boot indicating the owner was a shoemaker. Mostly the wealthy were able to afford such embellishments.

The sacks were always numbered. On one of my trips to Germany I met with two experts on these sacks. They said that the number on these sacks was always sequential and needed for tax collection. I have a picture of a tax official weighing and recording the content and weight of the sacks. Even then, the state would always collect their due! Earlier sacks almost never featured a number over 10, as farms were mainly smaller. The sacks were always considered precious and were often handed down from generation to generation.

THESE SACKS ARE VERY RARE! So many of them were destroyed during WWI and WWII in Germany. In fact, one of my mother's journal entries reads "...and we burned the sacks, in order to keep warm”.

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