Linen is one of the oldest natural textiles in the world. Linen was very important to ancient Egyptians in their history. They used linen as a symbol of light, purity, and wealth to wrap mummies.
In 1923, in Bielefeld, Germany even printed their banknotes on linen.
Today, linen is known as a luxury fabric, produced in small quantities due to its long production cycle.
Process of making linen:
- Plant the flax seeds
- 100 days to harvest the flax
- Dry flax and remove seeds
- Use a scotching machine to remove the broken outer layer
- Comb fibers and separate by length
- Spin into linen yarn
- Weave on a boom
- Bleach and dye
Today, Linen fibers are mainly produced in only a dozen European countries and India. Your linen might come from Poland, Austria, France, Germany, Denmark, Lithuania, Latvia, the Netherlands, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Britain or India.
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