14 Small property from Höfen
House name "Deichl"
Constructed: middle of the 18th century, older parts of the log construction 1553/57
Presentation time: First half of 20th Century
Weaving was once a widespread craft. There are three buildings at the Open Air Museum whose inhabitants earned extra income as weavers. One of those is Deichlhäusl, where regular hand loom demonstrations take place. The small property had little land and a very small amount of livestock. Agriculture alone was not enough to secure a living then, which is why the inhabitants also worked as day labourers, loggers and weavers.
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Along with loden and cloth, linen was the most common fabric and was used to signal status and as a means of payment. The quality and quantity of fabric and textile stores were a demonstration of wealth. Wardrobes filled with linens formed an important part of the dowry. The annual wages of (female and male) farmhands also included garments or a certain quantity of fabric. Linen came in varying quality. Good linen was produced by weavers using longer-fibre flax; Hessian or burlap linen was woven using short-fibre flax.