France’s Flax Fields from Way, Way Up


For at least 30,000 years, people have been weaving flax into linen. The versatile fabric is prized for its remarkable properties: It feels cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Today, 80 percent of the world’s linen comes from Europe – most of it from France. In Normandy, the Seine–Maritime department alone has more than 19,000 hectares of flax plants, which are spun into bedding, tablecloths and summer dresses. That’s one fashionable harvest.

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August 26, 2019