Posted by: bschutzgruber | May 29, 2016

From Flax to Overalls (or when first you don’t succeed….)

At the Northlands Storytelling Network Conference Hungarian storyteller Csenge Zalka shared a childhood memory of a cartoon/film of ‘Little Mole’s Pants’ showing the steps of making linen from flax. Even though I do not understand Hungarian, I was able to follow the storyline in Part 1.  Part 2 quite accurately shows all the steps that go into turning flax into a finished dyed garment as well as the resourcefulness of Little Mole and the other insects, animals, and pond-dwellers.


Mole’s Pants Part 1

Mole’s Pants Part 2

For those who get this via email… thank you for your patience!
My first attempt to embed the video links failed.



  1. I did indeed enjoy that Barbara – thanks for sharing it 🙂 It was nice to watch a more traditionally made animation rather than the slick digital animations and cgi we see now. That’s good too of course but this had a good feel to it and as you say, the visuals tell the story.

    • Yes – the style of animation brought back memories from childhood. There is a ‘warmth’ to the old artwork.

      • I passed your post on to a friend in Hungary who I thought would appreciate it as a fellow textile worker.

      • Thanks!

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