Domestic hygiene, washing wool for craft production (Spain)

Domestic hygiene, washing wool for craft production (Spain)
1952. Washing lambs’ wool for domestic textile production. Val de San Lorenzo, León (Spain). © Odyssey Productions, Inc. o/b/o. The State of Alan Lomax

Domestic hygiene, washing wool for craft production (Spain)

In towns with an important craft textile industry, such as Val de San Lorenzo, women also had to wash wool in the river, as in the picture. Most of the wool washed by the women was for domestic use, for warm clothing for the family, and when there was a wedding, for making the traditional bridal bouquet.

In Val de San Lorenzo, there remains one last craftswoman with a traditional loom and a small number of small-scale industrial artisans.