Flax Fibre for fine quality linen and flax tow yarns
Lambacher Hitiag Leinen AG decided to shut the operation down in January 2005. We regret this decision. Nevertheless we leave these pages as they contain a lot of highly valuable information.
The new partner of Swicofil is SwissFlax - for more details please click here
The flax fibres
Flax fibres are bast fibres: they are contained within the stalk, surrounded by a fine layer of bast. This is why the retting and scutching operations are necessary to extract these fibres. Formed according to a complex process, it is their composition and architecture that confer on flax its properties.
The formation and the position of the fibres in the stalk
fibres develop throughout the entire vegetation of the plant. Their evolution is
a complex process, which is very much affected by external influences, the
quality of the soil and the growing conditions. If you examine the cross-section
of a flax stalk under a microscope you can generally distinguish several
circular areas from the outside to the inside of the stalk:
Additional information on flax line and flax tow may be found here
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