Flax is the oldest fibre known to man but also the most versatile. It is a luxurious natural fibre that is also strong and durable. Textures range from the raw and robust to the most refined.
ACHIEVING THE FINEST QUALITY
de Le Cuona uses only the best quality Belgian and French linen fibres. The Flanders region is the best for linen growing and production because of the geographical location. The Atlantic climate and extremely rich soil allows the flax to grow at its highest of 80cm. The longer the fibre, the higher the quality of the linen. Using long fibres reduces the number of knots on the fabric surface.
To ensure the highest quality, several batches of flax from different fields, areas and years have to be mixed together by specialist spinners. The better the batches used for the mix, the higher the quality of linen fabric achieved. As a result of using the longest fibre and mixing the highest quantities of batches, de Le Cuona achieves some of the most luxurious linen products available.
Working with select farmers means keeping track of the entire process of the linen production from the moment the seeds are planted to the finished linen fabric. de Le Cuona takes pride in being in such close communication with its linen farms. Some of its suppliers are part of the Masters of Linen organisation and some comply with the REACH REGULATIONS.
ENVIRONMENTAL BENEFITS OF LINEN
Linen is also one of the lowest-energy, and lowest-water fibres, in comparison to other fibres like silk, wool, polyester, viscose, acrylic or nylon. Linen grown for de Le Cuona uses only rain water. River water is used during the washing process and then filtered back into the river.
Concerning the environmental impact of flax and hemp cultures, the evaluation report underlines that these cultures clearly need less fertilizer and chemical pesticides than replacement cultures. In addition, they have positive effects on the agricultural eco-systems’ diversity and landscape. In this context, growing these fibres offers a welcome ‘environmental pause’ in order to maintain soil quality, preserve landscapes and encourage bio-diversity.
Extract of the Advisory Commission’s Report To The European Parliament Brussels, May 2008
BENEFITS OF LINEN FOR LIFESTYLE
Linen is a very durable natural fabric, which makes it perfect for using in interior design. It makes the ideal upholstery, curtains and home accessories due its high rub test.
Linen is very kind to sensitive skin, hypoallergenic and does not support bacteria growth, making it a fabric of choice for bedding and home accessories.
Used for bedding, it regulates the body's temperature, absorbs and evaporates water. Linen products are breathable in hot weather, insulating during cold periods, and known for increasing sleep quality.