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Linen yarn is woven from the fibres found inside the stem of the flax plant. The plant has a growing cycle of a mere 100 days, at which point it can be harvested. It is then left out to dry in a process called ‘retting’ (literally meaning rotting). This causes the stalks to ferment and dissolve so that the flax fibre can be separated from the rest of the plant. Thereafter it is rippled, dried, scutched, combed and spun before being dyed and woven.
Linen is known to be one of the world’s oldest fibres, dating back thousands of years. In fact, the spinning and weaving of linen is illustrated on wall paintings of the ancient Egyptians and was used in the mummification process. What’s more, linen was used to weave the world’s oldest known garment, the Tarkhan dress, which was discovered in 1913 upon the excavation of an ancient tomb.
Mungo sources its linen yarn from an Italian company, Linificio e Canapificio Nazionale, which has been in the business of spinning top-quality linen yarn since 1873. Not only does LCN supply us with flax yarn of exceptional quality, but they have an ethos that matches our own – a commitment to ethical and sustainable production.