Mrs Coates from the Willow and Wetlands Centre in Stoke St Gregory (on the Somerset Levels) http://www.englishwillowbaskets.co.uk, has very kindly given me a small quantity of Dipsacus sativus teasels from their shop display. The Coate family grew these teasels up until the late 1980s and exported them to Iceland where they were used to raise the nap on high quality clothing. The teasels in the image below are the original Somerset ‘hooked’ teasels that were grown for use in the milling industry. I’ve now scanned the images of these teasels and hope to use them as part of my work for the Bhaam, http://www.bhaam.org.uk exhibition.
This one’s a double!