Did you know that your new linen shirt is made from flax?
Flax, also known as linen, is an eco-friendly fiber made from the stem of the flax plant. Flax Linen Fiber is tough, breathable, and cool to the touch. flax linen fiber is much prized for adding longevity and a lovely drape to yarns.
Treasured for its extremely durable fiber, flax has been a favorite for centuries for traditional household items like dish towels and bedding. Lately it has made a huge comeback as the fiber of choice for high quality summer garments. We love it because it is so comfortable to wear in hot weather. Also, flax has that unique characteristic of becoming softer with every wash.
Flax has that unique characteristic of becoming softer with every wash.
Sadly, flax fiber for textile use is not grown in the US any more – we have to import it from Europe. But we are very happy to offer Flax dyed with low impact dyes that complies with Europe’s very strict environmental standards.
All our vegan fibers are rigorously tested to meet strict GOTS and Oeko-Tex standards. This means they are guaranteed to be free from harmful substances often found in manufacturing, such as formaldehyde, phthalates, and heavy metals.
To make your own linen yarn, we are currently offering Flax in a large pallet of individual colors and also some very popular curated color combo packs in Earth and Jewel tones. You will find a similar offering in Egyptian Cotton and Hemp as well. All of them are produced in a facility that is solar powered and adheres to strict water conversation and recycling rules for zero waste.
Flax, like all cellulose fiber production in the USA in general, is on the upswing again and we hope to one day in the near future have all our fiber ingredients come directly from US producers. You can be assured that we always look for the safest products on the market – those that are kind to animals, humans and the planet.
When you see all of the advantages that flax has to offer, then you will understand why it’s such a fabulous fiber for spinning during the summer months.
- Flax fiber is very strong and even stronger when wet
- Quick to absorb water and quick to dry
- Keeps cool in hot weather
- Washable and can withstand high temps
- Antistatic, antipilling and doesn’t produce lint
If you don’t have time to spin it yourself (or don’t know how) you can also buy flax yarn from our store. Our Flax Botanica yarn is a luxuriously strong blend of french linen, tussah silk, and merino wool.
Did you learn anything new about flax today? Do you have any additional questions about this fabulous fiber? Tell us all about it in the comments below!
Resources: Textile School