July 21, 2015
This is the last day of linen harvesting this year. The fields are mainly empty. Now all the bundles are tied and soaked, almost ready for layering open air. We saw with our eyes an amazing tradition of harvesters - taking special hand-made dolls to the field work. One of the harvesters told me the meaning of this tradition. "Going to the mowing, our ancestors took with them three «Pokosnicy» dolls or Mowing dolls. One of them was placed on the first stack. The second was made to protect the hands of mowers from injuries. A third one as made for children to play, until parents are busy with mowing». So still groups of mowers, even when the process is mechanized, take three little dolls to the fields. We are very inspired by the depth of history of that tradition!
Favorable conditions for maturing and preparation of high-quality flaxstraw are formed now in the end of August, when the weather is warm withabundant night dews and often fall rainfall, average air temperature is 16-18 °C. Waiting! Need to be patient, and Belarusian nature will do the main part offlax cultivation itself.