Flax is known for its health properties, but it is also an excellent quality fabric of natural origin, called linen. How is linen fabric produced? What are its advantages and disadvantages?
What is flax?
Flax is a plant that occurs in numerous places on Earth. Also in Poland, you can meet as many as 6 species of this plant, of which common flax is the most important. It comes from the Middle East and for thousands of years provides material for textiles, and its seeds (commonly called linseed) show a lot of positive healing properties. Due to the fact that flax belongs to oilseeds, it is possible to produce oil from its seeds, which is considered one of the healthiest. It is a treasury of many vitamins and minerals, which certainly can not be missed in the daily diet.
If it creases – it’s linen
Linen is a proven and valued material. Linen fabrics have many great properties. It is greatly appreciated for being natural and therefore safe. Linen fabrics are great for people who care for a healthy lifestyle, compatible with nature and ecology. It is perfect for special tasks, where reliability and safety count. It exhibits antiallergic effects, thanks to which people suffering from allergies can reach for it. The advantage of the material is not only the elegant appearance, but also its properties. The linen perfectly dissipates heat, permeates the air and absorbs moisture, which makes it a hit fabric every summer. Who does not like creases, should rather decide on mixed fibers with an admixture of cotton.
Pros and cons of linen
Linen clothes have many advantages. First of all, this material is light and airy. It is also hygroscopic, which means that linen well absorbs moisture away from the body. Linen products can be used for many years, because this material is much more durable than other fabrics. However, linen also has disadvantages. The biggest of them is big creasing. It was also recognized that flax fabrics are rough and stiff. This is the past now, because nowadays the fabrics are washed and softened, thanks to which they are nice to touch.
The use of fabrics
Each part of the flax found its usage over time: the middle part of the stem is used to produce high quality worsted yarns, warp and then fabrics. The apical and root part is used for the production of weft carded yarns. Linseed flax in combination with adhesives can be used as flaxboard, wood-based materials similar to chipboard.