Embroidery linen swatches 50 x 70cm  

Linen is one of the oldest fibres in the world. Cultivated in Egypt at the time of the Pharaohs, it was used for garments, sails and fishing nets. Cultivated by the Gauls, it is thanks to Charlemagne that developments advanced, linen being one of the Royal harvests. It was in widespread use from the 11th century – a good example being the famous Bayeux Tapestry. By the 12th century, mass importation of cotton saw a decline in the use and cultivation of linen. It was not until after the Second World War, thanks to numerous technical developments, that there was a resurgence of interest for linen. This fibre is today considered as a material of the future with usage going far beyond textiles. Embroiderers, however, have never ceased to use this noble fabric to highlight the finesse of their work.

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