Feb 7, 2013

Vintage grain sack - green outer stripes and a red central stripe



Medreana Etsy Store

Vintage handwoven grain sack from Transylvania!
Completely hand made : handwoven and handsewn.

MATERIAL AND COLOR: Heavy hemp linen material, hand loomed in a herringbone pattern.
3 stripes running down the middle - 2 green outer stripes with a lovely red central stripe. The stripes are handwoven on both sides.
The fabrics tone is a pale warm natural straw tone.

TEXTURE: Medium to Heavy weight textured fabric.

CONDITION: Vintage good condition, no hole or tear, never repaired and never used.

MEASURES: 48inches x 21inches ( 123cm x 55cm) - of course it is twice the length as it has 2 sides!

HISTORY OF THE EUROPEAN GRAIN SACKS: These grain sacks were originally produced about 100 years ago on European farms, to bring grain to the mill. Each sack was hand woven from hemp with a distinctive pattern of strips showing which farm it belonged to, sometimes with a hand stitched monogram. The reason for the 
unique family farm markings were because the farmers wanted to be able to identify their own sacks when transporting sugar, flour and grain to the market. And when the grain came back from the mill, the unique markings ensured the sacks were returned to their rightful owner.

These textiles are, by nature, extremely Eco-friendly! The average age of these textiles is 100 years and they were naturally home grown, home retted (in local lakes and ponds) and woven by hand. These textiles are being re-cycled today and showing off the extreme craftsmanship of past generations! Yet another feature that makes these textiles extremely eco-friendly is their durability. These textiles were designed to endure generations of constant use and will have an extremely long life. The timeless beauty of this linen and their extraordinary quality make these textiles the perfect choice for any home and an environmentally friendly choice.

Grain sack adds a bit of history and authentic vintage charm to whatever it touches!
These wonderful sack make perfect upholstery fabric, bench cushion, outdoor furniture covers, bolster pillow for beds ( simply insert king sized pillow), sofa pillows, floor pillow ( simply fill with feather comforter or body pillow insert and add velcro or zip to the end!), laundry bag, table runner, bath mat ( hemp is naturally mold and mildew resistant , beach bag, roman shade, hand towels, you name it! They are also perfect for upholstery projects as the fabric is wonderful and very durable!
These textiles are machine washable, tumble dry!

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