Well-being and naturalness
Flax fibers are known for their great ability to absorb water. This is due to a high amount of pectins, the components that hold the fibers together. Pectins in linen textiles give them a «lively», heat-regulating quality. Depending on the weather, they can retain water or repel it – up to 20%* of their weight – without feeling damp to the touch. A guaranteed sensation of well-being.
Supple, relaxing linen sheets are comfortable for sleeping and encourage regular sleep cycles. Linen is an intrinsically hypo-allergenic, anti-bacterial fabric with a soothing hand : inherent properties that have been known since the Middle Ages to help people with skin problems.
*Source Arvalis – Institut du Végétal
High performance and naturalness
Flax fibers are long !
Length : a structure unique to xylem fibers (those contained in the plant stem, not the flower) which make linen textiles supple and resistant without pilling or becoming distorted.
In terms of technical opportunities, linen’s rigidity for both tensile strength and deflection or its resistance to breaking, twisting and compression make it useful in the conception and manufacturing of composite materials as an alternative to glass fibers. Linen absorbs vibrations, we see it today in high-performance sport equipment (bicycles, tennis rackets, skis …).
Creativity and naturalness
A versatile fiber, ideal for all uses and easily associated with other fibers, linen can be used in all densities from ultra-light, transparent batiste to the heaviest canvases. It is at the heart of textile innovations thanks to skilled European spinners and weavers who modernize its hands, finishings, coatings and textures to keep abreast of trends running from casual to sophisticated … there is even a water-resistant version of linen for outdoor use !