Flax fibre is extracted from the skin of the stem of the flax plant. Its long fibres, ranging from 45 to 140 centimetres long, make it easy to spin and weave. When it is spun into yarn, it is sometimes blended with other staple fibres. Fabrics that are comprised of 100 per cent flax fibres or yarns are known as linen.
- A highly absorbent and breathable fiber, flax keeps the wearer cool and comfortable.
- Flax is an extremely strong fiber which makes for a durable fabric that has easy care.
- A resilient plant, flax does not require many fertilisers or pesticides.
- Requires significantly less water to cultivate than cotton, with a majority of the water consumption in its lifecycle coming from washing the garment.
- Flax presents a lower toxic risk for aquatic systems that cotton.