Video about flax and linen
Despite its superb texture, linen is easy to handle and has been loved by many people for a long time. If you are attached to something, aren't you curious about how it is made and what kind of people are involved? This time, in order to respond to such voices, let me introduce the process of linen making through videos. We would also like to introduce you to some of the companies that make linen in Europe, so that you can learn about the passion of the people who are involved in the linen making process. We hope you will enjoy this video as much as we do, as it will give you an insight into the background of linen making.
Introduction to videos to learn more about linen making
First, let's take a look at making linen. In this video, you can learn about the process of making linen from flax. The flux is gathered into large bundles and undergoes a process called scutching, where each strand becomes a beautiful fiber, which then becomes linen. Here is a video of the linen making process, which is not easy to watch.
Video of the process of making linen from flax
Have you ever wondered where your favorite linen comes from, how it is made, and what the process is? A picture is worth a thousand words", let me show you the process of how linen is made from flax in this video. Please take a look at this video.
In July, the flax plant blooms its lovely light purple flowers all over the area. It grows to over a meter tall and is in full bloom for only one day, and that is in the morning.
Once the flax has set fruit, it is harvested for a process called letting. In the letting process, the cut flax is laid on the ground and exposed to the sun and rain for about two weeks. This process allows the flax to decompose and only the fibers in the stalks (flux) to be extracted. At this point, the flax has turned from green to its natural flaxen color. Once the letting is complete, the flux is bound into large bundles.
The next step is a process called scatching. Scatching refers to the actual process of removing the fibers from the stalks. In the processing plant, the fibers are loosened by machines. At this point, the name "linen" is changed to "flux" as the hard skin is removed and the fibers become soft.
From there, it is moved to a process called hackling, which is done manually by the workers. The linen is combed with comb-like tools and sorted into long and short pieces.
After this is a process called spinning. This is an essential part of turning linen into yarn, and is done by passing it through water. The pectin, which holds the linen together, is controlled and carefully made into yarn. This process results in a smooth and soft yarn. Before webbing, the yarn is wound onto bobbins, where it is tested for strength and color.
Before being loaded onto the looms, each bobbin is neatly hung on a rack. These are linked to dozens of looms that are fully computerized and controlled. Each loom weaves according to its own specific functions. All the looms are directly connected to a central computer monitoring system, which is constantly checking the looms.
The finished linen fabric is then subjected to final work by hand. This is called mending, and it is the final step in the process of producing high quality linen.
However, it is not yet finished, and this is where the final process begins. Dyeing, bleaching, etc., but all natural, not scientific dyes are used to create the unique linen colors. Once the linen is dehydrated, it goes to the rolling section where each item is packaged as a product, ready to be delivered to the consumer.
As you can see, there are a number of processes involved in the production of linen from flax. Some parts are computerized, some are done by hand, and many people are involved in the process to give us linen that we can use with peace of mind.
A video about a company that makes linen in Europe.
When it comes to linen, Europe is famous for French linen and Irish linen. Each of these linens has its own creator, who takes pride in making it every day. Let's take a look at the following videos to learn more about the linen masters, their profiles, and their thoughts on linen making.
THE LINEN TOUR, MASTERS OF LINEN - ENGL - from We Are Linen on Vimeo.
Linen from Safiran, Poland
SAFILIN is a long-established spinning company that has been making linen in Poland since 1778.
Oliver, the president of the company, chose Poland for linen production because of the country's authentic and traditional linen culture, which nurtures technology, human resources, and know-how.
There is a renewed interest in green and environmentally friendly natural materials. It's not a fad trend, but rather this is a growing trend in the world. Consumers are increasingly choosing familiar and natural materials.
Linen from Kaunas, Lithuania
When it comes to linen, we must not forget that the finest quality is made in Lithuania.
Kaunas, founded in 1873, says that cooperation between suppliers and producers is essential to produce high quality linens. Kaunas' strength is its ability to react to different things, mixing cashmere or wool with linen to make the products even softer, or Tencel with linen to make it more shiny.
Founded in 1876, Albino is located in Italy, a country famous for its sophisticated fashion. Silvio, the representative of the company, says that it is important to have a good understanding of the Italian textile industry.
Albino specializes in linen shirts, dealing in both everyday and expensive items, and using the best materials in the world. We consider our customers to be sophisticated, and we believe that quality and creativity are essential in manufacturing.
Linen from Macerio, Italy
Let me introduce another company from Italy.
This is Macerio, established in 1867. Managing Director Aldo says they see it as their mission to provide linens to luxury hotels around the world.
The hotel considers the linen to be very elegant and classic. To me, Master of Linen is a European flux fiber and Master of Linen stands for quality. Quality is not a result, but a starting point. If we don't invest in it, those of us who are involved in European fiber production will not be able to compete with our rivals in other countries.
Linen from Muehlebeke, Belgium
Belgium is very famous for its linen production due to its climate. Muehlebeke was established in 1858. The head of the company, Raymond, sees linen as a living material. Thanks to research and newly developed technology, he has succeeded in creating a completely different fiber.
Linen from Alwan, France
There are many fans of French linen, but according to Olivier, the president of Alwan since 1835, Lemaitre Demeestere is the one with the specialization and specificity to weave very thick linen with thick needles, which is only possible with old looms.
I would like to think about the importance of the origin of linen by using traceability that can be traced from production to the disposal stage. I also believe that buying linen is a civic activity.
Linen in Paris, France
Pierre, the PR manager and ambassador of Master Obrinen, said that we cannot ignore the origin and traceability of our products.
We look for durability and strength of the fabric. Customers and design studios often ask for linen, and they also want creativity and a solid guarantee of quality.
Every time you say it is European linen, you can be assured of its high quality.
Linens of Barcelos, Portugal
Barcelos in Portugal is a specialist in linen production.
Joanne, the general manager, said that Balleseros makes jersey knitwear, fleece and other knitwear products that are different from others. Consumers don't buy just anything anymore, they want high quality. That's why they choose linen.
Linen from Majestic, France
Roland is the head of Majestic and believes that the beauty of linen lies in its softness, its lack of roughness, and its modern, bright colors. He constantly researches and surprises people with the comfort of his clothes.
Linen made with European yarns and getting a lot of process makes great things. Know-how, having a real history, all these are essential.
List of videos explaining the process of flax to linen
Finally, here is a process-by-process video on how flax becomes linen.
About Linen Letting
After harvesting, the flax is bundled and soaked in water. This softens the stalks and makes it easier to remove the fibers inside.
From Linen Seed to Fiber
This is a video showing how flax seeds are scattered around April, and how each process is obtained to become fiber. It shows how the man takes his time and effort to make the fiber in the traditional way.
A story about flax and linen
Deborah shows us from the United States how to make linen the way it was done in the 18th century.
Introduction to the process of flax to linen
This is a video of a man recreating linen making as it was done in the 19th century.
We have introduced many videos about linen making. We hope that you have been able to see the faces of European manufacturers and become more attached to linen. I am sure that linen, always evolving and always environmentally friendly, will continue to attract many proud linen workers and linen fans.