Linen is a textile made from the flax plant. Linen textiles appear to be some of the oldest in the world. The use of linen can be verified by bits of straw, seeds, fibre, yarn and various types of fabrics which have been discovered in Swiss lake dwellings around 8000 BC. Dyed flax fibre found in a prehistoric cave in Georgia suggest the use of woven linen fabrics from wild flax may date back even earlier to 36,000 BP. The ancient Egyptians wore linen. The Phoenicians introduced flax growing to Ireland – the start of Irish Linen!
We use British linen to blend with our British Alpaca for upholstery fabrics and drapes. Linen has poor elasticity and does not spring back readily – the crimp in the Alpaca helps linen to maintain a structure to the cloth.