From Flax to Fabric
Flax is a fast-growing crop, but the process of harvesting and separating the fibers is complex and lengthy, making linen a unique and exclusive fabric. To harvest flax, the plant is pulled out by the roots to maximize the length of the fibers. It is then left in the fields to soften naturally, a practice known as retting. The sun bleaches the green stems as they turn brown and woody,while bacteria breaks down the fibers, allowing them to be separated. This process creates the natural beige hue often associated with linen. Once separated from the plants, the fibers are stored for several months to continue to soften. The long fibers are combed and twisted into yarns, to be eventually used for bed linen, pillows, tea towels, runners, napkins or clothing.