Flax

Fibre can be produced from animal and crop agricultural products.  Hemp & flax are traditionally important fibre crops in the UK. 

 

Plant fibers are obtained from the stems, leaves, or bark of plants and include fibers such as cotton, flax, hemp, jute, ramie, and sisal. These fibers are used to make a wide range of products including textiles, paper, rope, and twine.

Animal fibers are obtained from the hair, fur, or skin of animals and include fibers such as wool, alpaca, cashmere, and mohair. These fibers are used to make clothing, blankets, and other textile products.

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Get involved in trials growing flax for textiles

Would you like to join other farmers and growers, researchers and textile students interested in revitalising local textile production in Scotland and the north of England?

Farmers and growers are invited to join an Innovative Farmers field lab to trial growing several flax varieties on a small-plot scale and do simple yield and soil tests.

Email [email protected] by 12th January if you're interested.

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The major commodity crops in the UK are wheat, barley, oilseed rape, field beans, sugar beet and potatoes, but around half of agricultural land grows grass.   

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Linseed & flax (Linum usitatissimum) have been important crops for oil and for fibre.

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