Libeco, our linen supplier, has been weaving Belgian linen since 1858. They just published a beautiful book illustrating the elaborate process of linen production – from plant fiber to fabric. The book is filled with great imagery and is extremely informative.
“The flax plants are extracted from the soil roots and all: they are pulled, not cut. The valuable fibers extend to the roots of the plant. That is why long stems are preferable as the longest fibers produce the finest quality linen.”
“Thousands of pins comb the flax until only the purest fiber remains.”
“The whole width of the warping machine can be filled with yarn. The warping machine may contain up to 9842 feet of average thickness yarn and up to 32 808 feet of fine yarn.”
“The rhythm of the looms can be heard day and night. At full speed the rhythm of each loom is different, yet harmonious.”