Linen comes from the Linacae family, it is an herbaceous plant who grows in regions with a temperate climate.
The best production is obtained by the coldest countries: Russia, Netherlands, Northern France and Romania, are the biggest world exporters of Linen.
The plant is 30-60 cm high, it has big flowers with a light blue color, with five petals and five yellow stems.
Linen’s fiber is composed by 70% cellulose and it’s one of the most used and known fibers since the ancient times.
the ancient times.
Linen’s fiber is contained in the inner part of the bark. It’s harvested by drying the stems and putting them in the water for a few days in water basins, or they are also worked directly with steam to make a faster process and to remove any bacteria. This process allow the stems to dissolve and free the fibers the fibers by smashing and separating these two elements one from the other. This process is called scotching. This procedure takes to the raw linen, which is then combed to separate long from short fibers
The amount of fibers into a plant is from 20 to 50.
The fiber has a shiny look and has a cold and slippy hand. The fibers are about 20-30 microns thin, and they have a polygonal section. The fibers may absorb humidity and slightly swell. There is no other fabric able to disperse temperature like Linen. This fabric is perfect when warn with warm-wet climates.