Our story began with the love for quality natural fabric and seeing the need to create products that embrace their unique properties. We touch and feel the highest quality cotton and linen. After thorough wear and tear tests, linen became the main base cloth of our work.
Linen is the oldest and highly prized natural fabric of them all. People have been wearing linen for thousands of years, before silk, wool and even cotton. To give you an idea of its history, there's archaeological remains of linen from 8000BC.
Linen is known to be reliant on nature. It's woven from the spun fibers of the flax plant which only lives for one growing season and once the stems turn yellow, they will be fully uprooted for harvesting, maximizing the quality of the fiber. Every bit of their glossy green stems and pale-blue blooms.
Once the flax have been harvested, they go through a process called retting. There are various methods used by different manufacturing houses, to create a suitable environment for bacteria to breakdown the flax. The most common method is to lay the flax on a field for weeks where nature takes over. The combination of air, sun, and dew causes fermentation.
After retting comes scutching to break them down even further before the combing and spinning process to produce yarn then weaved into fabric, where they are categorised in different quality grades. Linen doesn’t require chemicals to be processed into fiber, and is completely biodegradable. Of course, there are lower quality linen produced using argo-chemicals and water processing to offer the material at lower prices.
Until today, we work closely with local textile merchants who have been part of our journey since the early years. These stores are family-owned and specialise in bringing in linen from various parts of Europe that produce high grade linen with low ecological footprint. To put it simply, the quality of European linen cannot be matched.
These linen tend to be deemed "too costly" and "plain" for the general market so they tend to get tucked away. We like to think that our work gives the linen a chance of new life where they are appreciated and treated with attention and care.
These carefully selected linen are available in limited bolts which drives us to keep our work ever-evolving so every piece is always rare and special.
Linen wears out beautifully and takes well to mending. In fact, it may not even need any fixing with its resistance to damage from abrasion. Apart from it getting softer with use and wash, it's valued for its fresh, cooling properties in hot and humid climates (that's us).
All of which supports the very foundation of our zero-waste design series, Fictive Fingers Basics. A time-tested material you'll grow to love with every wear or all at once.