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Linen, a human adventure

Overseeing the plant’s evolution, adapting to unpredictable weather conditions and choosing the precise moment and day for each action are keys to a successful harvest. These factors rely on the well-informed decisions made continually by growers and scutchers. Their collaboration is vital to optimize each harvest. This know-how and complicity is typified by the men (and women) involved at all stages of transformation from plant to fiber.

Linen at the forefront of innovation

After centuries of handcrafted traditions which included home workshops and handweaving, the linen industry took a decisive step in the early 19th century when the spinning machine, developed by Philippe de Girard in 1810, brought linen into the modern era.

Second skin lingerie, tulle, spidery laces, honeycomb weaves, linen piqués, waterproof outdoor linens … Curious ? Find out about the many facets of this 21st-century fiber !









Supported by ongoing R&D investments, innovation remains a key pillar of the linen industry

Though 90% of European linen is destined for the textile market, 10% is now dedicated to new technical opportunities.

Discover the thousand and one facets of this fiber for the 21st century.