Flax scutching 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 individual steps for extracting the fibres from the flax stalks essentially serve two purposes: splitting the plant into its individual components and hence releasing the fibres and cleaning these fibres of other substances. The aim of scutching is to extract the fibres = the operation of separating the woody part of deseeded or retted flax straw
Another word for this process is swingle = To clean, as flax, by beating it with a swingle, so as to separate the coarse parts and the woody substance from it
Additional information on flax line and flax tow may be found here
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