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Flax in the Holy Land
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
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.