Interesting facts about linen

  • Flax has been used in the Middle East since the fifth millennium BC
  • The Jacquard mechanism used a system of punched cards to control the weaving of the pattern. This system of punched cards was later used by Charles Babbage and Herman Hollerith in calculating machinery and was an important step in the development of computers.
  • The word "lingerie" is said to be related to linen.
  • Flax sails were on all the great explorers' ships, as well as on those of Admiral Lord Nelson and Captain Cook.