Quelle Histoire! - Maple Syrup Dish Cloth

Quelle Histoire! - Maple Syrup Dish Cloth
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Linen 100% Cotton • 240 threads per inch
Size of the linen: 43 x 75 cm • Size of the image: 29 x 39 cm

Maple syrup is undoubtedly the most famous agri-food product in Quebec. This linen is intended to be a tribute to the Amerindian traditions that surround it. First Nations have different techniques for turning maple sap into syrup. For some, the water was collected from a mocak (pictured on the linen), a small container of birch, using a wooden tongue planted in the tree. For the transformation, hot stones were plunged into it or heated in terracotta pots. When they arrived, the Europeans were seduced by the maple water they found as good as the wine! They introduced the buckets of metal and sugared almonds were even exported to France where they seduced Louis XIV. Quebec has become the main exporter of maple products, accounting for 70% of the world market. Unexpectedly, we have recently found in maple sap a molecule with anti-inflammatory properties, Quebecol, which could be synthesized to eventually produce a drug distributed on a large scale.