Belfast Telegraph

McAtasney left a big legacy with his weaving prowess

Editor's Viewpoint

The death of John Bosco McAtasney the last hand weaver of linen damask in Ireland mirrors the demise of the once world famous linen industry in the province.

But Mr McAtasney's work was a craft rather than an industry, beautifully created and hugely expensive pieces - he was chosen to make the province's wedding gift to Princess Anne.

He was also keen to make a gift of his skills by setting up looms throughout the island and showing others how he made his decorated fabrics. He helped spark a resurgence in crafts and hand weaving of tweed has become more popular. That ultimately will be a fitting legacy to a man who dedicated his life to his craft.

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