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Fulling Mill

The Fulling Mill (Vadmalsstampen) comes from Härjedalen. It was used for turning woolen fabrics into felt using three pairs of hammers that were powered by water. Such mills existed throughout the country but they were especially common in the north. In making felt, the cloth was soaked in hot water and the hammering motion then caused the fibres to felt together. This resulted in a dense, malleable and strong cloth that was principally used for making clothes. A fulling mill might be the property of an entire vil¬lage or of a group of farmers.

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