One of the oldest textiles in the world, linen is a woven fabric made from the fibers found in the stems of flax plants. Every year around June, the fields in Belgium turn blue for a couple of days, after which the flowers disappear.
Flax fields in Belgium
A flax flower lasts only a single day
For many years, Flax has been grown and transformed into linen throughout Belgium. The unique climate and the expertise of the Belgian artisans explain the superior quality of their linen.
Raymond Libeert, CEO at Libeco
Linen yarns on the loom
Libeco weaving mill, Belgium
Flax is a fiber with a low environmental impact, as it requires no irrigation and very little chemical treatment. Every part of the plant has value. For instance, shorter fibers and shives are separated to be processed into chipboards, animal bedding or to be used as raw material for the paper industry.
When woven into textiles, linen has a unique combination of properties. It is very breathable due to its loose weave with a cool touch, making it very comfortable. Linen is very strong and durable and, the more it is used, the more beautifully it ages. It is a truly natural product.
ALL IMAGES COURTESY OF LIBECO