- In general it is classed as a sustainable fabric. Due to where the crop grows (see below for more info on this) there is a natural rainfall sufficient enough to feed the crop.
- It requires little or no fertilisers.
- If you compared the same shirt, 1 made from linen and 1 made from cotton, the linen one would use up 6.5ltrs of water vs 26ltrs for the cotton one during its life cycle.
- It is extremely breathable which means it lets go of any moisture from your body - no dodgy smells and requires less cleaning. Some people argue that because of this it is hypo-allergenic.
- Softens over time.
- For bio-degrading in landfill it can take from as little as 2 weeks to 2 months.
This plant thrives in weather most like western Europe. In fact flax was once grown throughout the UK many moons ago.
After around 90-100 days the plant starts to turn brown which is an indication that it is ready to harvest. The pants are then ripped from the ground, the main aim to keep the stem as long as possible - longer stems make longer fibers = nicer fabric.
They are then "rippled" by passing thorough huge combs to remove the seeds.
Next they are 'retted' which is the process of removing the outer bark from the stem to reveal the inner fibres. This is done by either water or chemicals (to speed up the process).
After this they are dried out and eventually the long string like inners are spun into yarn.
I hope I have not bored you but given you a brief insight into why more people are starting to use linen more for their collections, I for one have not had my linen Baillie fit trousers off since I made them!
speak soon x
Hanging Linen - Sylvie Tittel
Flax - Sora Sagano