From field to fibre, from yarn to fabric, the making of linen tells a fascinating story.
After harvest, the flax is tied together in large bales and taken to the mill to extract the fibre from the straw, known as scutching, which is when the first quality of the flax is assessed.
The best quality fabrics require long fibres to make the finest yarns, and the scuthing stage will influence the ratio of long fibres versus short fibres.
Shorter fibres, known as tows, are usually used to produce low count yarns. Long flax fibres, regarded as the noble part of the plant, make exquisite fabrics, and their high value is carried out to the end-product.
That said, choices like this are why our linen has been critic-approved, customer-adored for over 15 years, and why our bed linen collection, an “evergreen” for The Linen Works, comes with a 50-year warranty.