Clothing material

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Stylemaster, Nov 13, 2004.

  1. Stylemaster

    Stylemaster Member

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    I sometimes see a material by the name of "flax" when describing a mixture of two or more fabrics(i.e. 50% wool,50% flax). What in the world is "flax"?
     
  2. VMan

    VMan Senior member

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    Flax is linen. Or linen-like. I believe it's interchangably used with 'linen' though. I've heard it's the coarse part of processed cotton, but I'm not 100% sure.
     
  3. Manton

    Manton RINO Dubiously Honored

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    Flax is the plant from which linen is derived. The stems are soaked in water, and the fibers are taken from the stems.
     
  4. chorse123

    chorse123 Senior member

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    Random historical factoid: Ships carrying flax to Ireland from America to be turned into linen returned with immigrants as balast.
     

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