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Fibre Intro: Linen

Linen has long been a by-word for staying stylish in the heat. Breathable and highly absorbent, linen’s natural crispness drapes the fabric away from the body, ensuring cool comfort.

For centuries, linen’s hard-wearing qualities made its source material flax a prized commodity – until it was usurped by factory-made cotton. This and the emergence of synthetics have now pushed flax to a less than one per cent share of the world fibre market. Separating flax fibres from the woody stems by ‘retting’…

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