Want to know what is linen made of? The the story of how a simple flax flower is made into beautiful linen fabric? We’ve created a simple infographic to show you how the process works.
For over 10,000 years mankind has grown, harvested and used flax for a huge range of things, from paints and cosmetics, to food packaging and wound care. And, of course sumptuous bedsheets, table linen and cloth. This magical plant is a major staple of Western European agricultural production, where the cool climate and moist soil offer perfect growing conditions. So how does it go from a delicate pink, blue or white flower to the fitted sheets on your bed?
We’ll show you:
All that is needed to turn flax fibre into linen, and then spin and weave the linen fibres into linen fabricis the cellulose flax fibre from the stem of the flax plant. The process for separating the fibres from the woody stalk can use either water or chemicals, but these are ultimately washed away and are not part of the finished material. Flax grows in temperate climate, on fertile, alluvial types of soil, in areas with moderate rainfall. People cultivate flax as a source of food, oil, fibres and in decorative purposes. Growing flax is relatively easy and inexpensive, but the production of the fibre that is used for making linen is a very difficult task that requires a lot of knowledge, experience and time. Although nowadays it is a rare thing because of the automatization process, the production of flax fibre is usually still done by hand. That makes linen fabric really special. Linen fabric perfectly fits today’s trends of eco-friendness, naturalness, sustainability, durability and anti-consumerism.
Read more about the history of linen here.
(Images via Tristan Howard, Skoch3, arts-brighton.ac.uk, irishgenealogy.com)