Linen is one of the oldest used fibers in the world. A natural fabric made from the long fibers that are found just behind the bark in the multi-layer stem of the flax plant. Throughout history, it has played a key part in the textile industry. Considered so valuable by the ancient Egyptians it was once traded as a form of currency.
Although one of the world’s oldest woven garments is made from linen, a robe unearthed from an Egyptian tomb, there was a time in the 19th century when both the linen and cotton industries were fiercely fighting for the top spot. However, linen has relished a renaissance, becoming increasingly sought after due to numerous advantages. Particularly amongst the world’s increasing number of conscious consumers. Linen is a perfect fit for clothing that needs to be both stylish and sustainable. Forget landfill, as a natural fiber, it’s completely biodegradable.
Linen is totally flattering as it is versatile. Our Abaco Linen Shirts will keep you much cooler than cotton or silk. Beautifully breathable and moisture-wicking – its got it all. However, the advantages don’t stop there. The strong fibers of the flax plant ensure that the fabric has strength and durability. The production process behind our linen is much less water-intensive, achieving a much lower water footprint.
From flax to linen, the production process has remained relatively unchanged for centuries. Flax is an annual plant that only lives for one growing season and the seed usually needs around 100 days in order to be ready for harvesting. Our flax farmers in France have mastered their methods in order to deliver the highest quality linen for our collections. They pull the plants from the ground instead of cutting them helps to maintain the full length of their fibers. All to ensure the finest quality. The terroir in France is perfect for growing and our flax plants flourish in the cool and damp conditions without the use of pesticides.
Retting is the next key step in the process. This is where flax fibers are separated from other parts of the outer and inner core by being soaked. Once separated the fibers are left to dry ready to be spun and woven. It’s a lengthy process but our 100% organic linen is worth the wait.