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

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