What is Linen fabric

Linen is a type of fabric made from the fibres of the flax plant. It is known for its natural texture and breathable, cool feel, making it a popular choice for summer clothing, bedding, and table linens. Linen is durable and strong, and it becomes softer with each wash.

How is linen fabric made?

The process of making linen fabric can be broken down into the following steps:

  1. Growing and harvesting flax: Flax plants are grown and harvested for their fibres.

  2. Retting: The harvested flax plants are soaked in water to soften and separate the fibres from the stem. This process is called retting.

  3. Breaking: The softened stalks are then mechanically crushed to separate the fibres from the woody stem.

  4. Scutching: The fibres are then cleaned and straightened through a process called scutching.