Småland’s Flax Centre

Smålands Lincentrum (Småland’s Flax Centre) works to safeguard knowledge about the cultivation and use of flax. The aim is to collect and disseminate knowledge about flax and its use in Småland throughout the ages, to maintain a living tradition of high cultural value. This way, the society facilitates meaningful employment and good environmental management as well as expanding knowledge about the environmentally friendly flax. Flax fibers allow for locally produced clothing and other textiles, as well as many other uses. Since its foundation in 1994, the base for the society’s activities as been the craft house Sländan, adjacent to Dädesjö folk museum.

The craft house contains an exhibition about flax and textiles and in the adjoining workshop both old and new machinery used for threshing, retting and dressing flax can be found. There are also several different spinning wheels. Every year, a small field with different types of flax is grown outside the buildings. Over the years, the society has organised spinning parties and competitions, courses and seminars about flax, its cultivation and preparation, study trips, spinning courses as well as demonstrations and exhibitions around the use of flax and textile craft.

Text by Stephanie Carleklev

Dädesjö old parsonage

Dädesjö old parsonage is part of a unique church and parsonage environment in Småland. The building dates back to the 18th century, but parts of it are probably older, and was close to being demolished in the 1920s. The idea then was to build a new, modern parsonage. With the help of both locals and others, the local folk museum managed to save the main and surrounding buildings and now cares for the property. Today, the whole area is listed.

The folk museum contains a well-preserved parsonage kitchen, larger and smaller halls of assembly and a couple of museum rooms housing a collection of textiles, a school exhibition and an exhibition about the window glass making in Ramnåsa. The unique textile collection contains a large number of everyday textiles. Apart from the physical representation of these clothes, they, together with many architectonical details, reflect an attitude of restraint, ingenuity and care.

Text by Stephanie Carleklev 


(Re-)learning the Archive

is a three-year long development project run by Designarkivet in Pukeberg with support from the Swedish Arts Council and Region Kalmar län (Kalmar County Council).

Christina Zetterlund
Project Manager

Maija Zetterlund
Project Coordinator  

In collaboration with

Virserums konsthall
Linnaeus University
Kalmar Konstmuseum

Designer in residence:
Evelina Mohei
Design and webb:
Mika Kastner Johnson

With support from 

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Kulturrådets logotyp