a journal of original drawings and screen prints of animals


Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Natural Linen

Sparrow Avenue, Natural Linen, Beaver Tea Towel
Natural Linen Tea Towels: The more I research and learn about Natural Linen, the more I love this fabric. Linen comes from the flax plant and is one of the oldest fibres, along with wool. Because the fibre is derived from the stalk of the flax plant, very little in the way of pesticides or harmful chemicals are used to grow it, thus making it "environmentally friendly".

Linen was the fibre of choice up until the 18th century. With the Industrial Revolution came machinery that could quickly process the cotton from large plantations. Because cotton became more affordable, it also became the preferable fibre. 

Natural Linen requires time. The way in which Natural Linen is cultivated influences the colour of the fibre. Temperature, humidity, sunlight, rain, and soil all have their effect in creating the colours of Natural Linen. In other words, Natural Linen has never been bleached, nor has it been dyed. The colours are derrived naturally.

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