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Although the Hebrews wore woolen robes, they did weave linen for inner garments. It is thought they learned linen manufacture while held captive in Egypt; some of the people led out by Moses may have been former textile slaves. As in Egypt, linen was regarded as "pure" and was worn by priests--an idea some attribute to the belief that people were less likely to contract leprosy than those who wore wool.

The Bible serves as the oldest textile source book, although interpretation is difficult because the Hebrews were prone to record the unusual, rather than everyday events like weaving.


Kathie Richardson
NDSU Library
Fargo, ND 58105

Last updated: 03.03.2008

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