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Russian Linen

Russian Linen
Linen adds that natural beauty and improves its qualities as a fabric with years - the more you use your linen products the softer, more absorbent they become. Quality of Russian linen is well known around the world. These items are authentic; hand made, not machine-made stunning pieces, something that can be passed down to generations. This Russian linen will be for sure an excellent addition for your house decoration and will make your home even more beautiful and cosy. We are proud to bring this high quality fine linen from Russia, which will surely create the special atmosphere!

Flax was the most important plant fiber in Bible times because it was used to make linen. All clothing was made either of linen or wool. While its production has declined in recent years due to the superiority of cotton that is more easily handled by machines, flax remains one of the most important fiber plants in the world because of the long, strong fibers found in the outer layers of the stem.

The scientific name of flax is "Linum usitatissimum". "Usitatissimum" means "most useful", a suitable appellation for a plant used for both food and fiber. Flax is sown in the winter in the Middle East and flowers in the late spring. With sky-blue flowers that open only in the morning, flax is one of the most beautiful of all crops when flowering. Linen had several uses in ancient times. The most obvious was clothing. But other uses were for wicks and as measuring lines. The man in Ezekiel had a measuring line made out of linen (flax). The English word “line” is from the Latin word for flax.

In the 18th century Russia encounters great economic, social and cultural changes. Peter decides to widen the flax industry. This is where the story of linen, Russian linen, begins to really develop.

At first, around 1727, there were fifteen existing factories that employed 3000 workers, but by 1799 the number of workers expands to 29,000.

During the 19th century Russia becomes number one supplier for the European market.
The main fabrics used by nobility and peasantry for everyday clothes were linen and wool, both made from local materials and available in a variety of weights and quality. Linen production was particularly well developed. In the ancient Russian language there existed two sets of terms for indicating linen fabric: “hlast”, “holst”, denoting unbleached fabric, and “bel”, “platno”, denoting bleached linen. Characteristically, during excavations the remains of the materials not infrequently are found, most often of all bleached linen (“platno”).

In the beginning of XX century linen industry let out production on 40 % from total amount of manufacture of Russia. Russia practically has caught up the advanced capitalist countries.
Flax has been grown since the beginnings of civilization, and people all over the world have celebrated its usefulness throughout the ages.

Now linen is desperately popular. We offer men and women clothes made of pure linen in the Russian folk style, fashionable tablecloths and napkins, funny kitchen accessories.


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