Recently we undertook a journey in search of the finest linen yarn the World has to offer. We traveled due North and found ourselves on the cobbled streets of Italy. There we found a company with an ethos to match our own, Linificio Canapificio Nazionale. The final outcome of that journey, our Tsitsikamma Linen range.
There are many steps to producing premium quality flax yarn, it’s a 100 day process from seed to harvesting, something LCN knows everything about having been in operation since 1873. The flax is grown in Italy, Belgium and France and taken through scutching, combing and spinning before being vat dyed for brilliant even colour and light fastness. Finally it wings its way to Plettenberg Bay to be woven into our beautiful linen fabric.
Flax is not a complicated plant, it is pure and honest. No chemicals and oils are used when processing, the best quality linen simply cannot be mass produced. For centuries it has been grown in Western Europe where the climate is humid and the season change most suitable. It is a noble material, which gains character through age and use.
Treated well your Mungo linen will return the favour. Linen softens over time and with use and is crisp when first woven, many producers stone-wash it to hasten the process, but this artificial method can compromise the integrity of the linen. At Mungo we use the highest quality yarn and a strong well constructed weave, your linen will last longer and grow soft and accommodating, it ages gracefully.
We’re quite adamant that sleeping under linen bedding is the way forward, we believe it so much we wrote a blog about it here.