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    Libeco’s first mechanical mill. Women did most of the ‘fine, delicate’ work in these mills. To the left of the photo, flax fiber hangs on the left being checked for quality and consistency. The women on the right are feeding flax fibers into spinning machines to create the flax yarns for making linen.

     

     

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    Flaws in the linen are repaired by hand. Every square meter of fabric is checked over visually by a minimum of 2 people, part of Libeco’s extensive QC process. If a flaw in weaving is found it can often be repaired to appear as if it were never there.

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    The flax fields just after harvesting. The plants are removed from the ground and gathered into bundles. These are left in the fields to ret (break down the tough outer shell in order to remove the flax fibers within the stem) naturally, using the dew in the morning and the sun in the afternoon to break down the shell gradually. This process can be sped up by using chemicals, but by retting the flax naturally in the fields, there is absolutely no adverse effect to the environment nor are the fibers then covered in those chemicals.

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    A Libeco employee checks the flax yarns on the ‘warp beam’ that needs to be mounted onto the weaving machine. Every one of the hundreds of warp yarns on the beam needs to be passed through three instruments: the yarn watchers, the heddles (picture) and a reed. These are all state of the art machines, but are still required to be continuously manned to oversee any issue that occurs in the actual weaving process.

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