Story: Flax and flax working

Stripping flax leaves (2nd of 6)

Stripping flax leaves

A worker feeds flax leaves into the stripping machine, which removes the green fleshy parts of the leaf and exposes the strong fibres. Usually another worker would be sitting underneath the machine, in the so-called ‘glory hole’, to catch and bunch the fibre. The shrieking machinery and slimy waste material made this job very unpleasant.

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Nancy Swarbrick, 'Flax and flax working - The flax fibre industry: 1860s–1930s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 28 May 2022)

Story by Nancy Swarbrick, published 24 Sep 2007