A yarn and fabric manufactured from the fibers of the flax plant. The stems of the flax plant must first be softened by soaking in water (retting). Next, the fibers are separated from the woody core in a "scutching" mill. The short fibers (tow) are combed out from the long fibers (line) in the "hackling" mills. The tow is finally spun into yarn.
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