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Flax

The Lys Valley is known as a particularly prosperous region. The flax industry employed tens of thousands of Lys Valley residents for decades. Thousands of tons of flax were traded and processed in hundreds of small and large flax factories. British traders controlled this market and called the Lys River the "Golden River". The quick advent of plastics ended the flourishing of the flax industry but the flax producers in the Lys Valley sought a new economic future for themselves. This story is central in the museum Texture in Kortrijk and in this wonderful 20-minute film.