Stonewashed Linen | Pumice vs Enzyme Washed
Posted on 08 June 2016
The linen we currently have has been stonewashed using a natural Pumice stone, basically they put the linen in a big commercial dryer with the Pumice stones and this softens the Fibers.
There is also the Enzyme wash, some other bigger brands use here in New Zealand.
We would never use or recommend this option as they use very harsh chemical, an Acid to soften the fibres. It completely destroys the natural fibres and the health benefits of Linen.
In all honesty, we feel even stone washing with Pumice can slightly weaken the flax, but so far the market has wanted a soft, relaxed vintage linen but our next shipment of linen we are just getting pre washed (3-4 times) with warm water prior to sewing.
This will help slightly soften the fabric, and will result in a more natural flax fibre and a linen that will be ultra smooth and very long lasting.
Flax Linen is the oldest fiber in the world and back 9000 years ago they didn't use any chemicals to soften the fibres.