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- Long ago the people made clothes out of "tow." "Tow" is the refuse of flax. It is taken out of the flax by means of "scutching" it. When it was "scutched" it was spun with a linen (when) wheel into large balls. After this it was it was sent away to be weaved. It was sent back in the form of coarse linen. They then dyed them with roots from the earth, called "coprus" and "alum". This is how the people dyed the clothes. The clothes and roots were put down to boil for about three hours until they were dyed. Clothes were also dyed with the bark of a chestnut tree: The bark was chopped up fine, and put in little cloth bags. It was then put in a pot of boiling water with the clothes, and left there for about three hours, until they were dyed dark brown.(continues on next page)Transcribed by a member of our volunteer transcription project.