Conco not only use Van De Bilt fiber (100% high quality European flax fiber) to spin the linen yarns in China for its own use, but it also works as sole sales agent of Van de Bilt in China selling flax fiber and linseeds.
Flax is one of the few crops still produced in Western Europe, with about 75,000 hectares cultivated annually. The climatic conditions in this region are perfect for flax cultivation and the increase in world demand for flax makes it an important cash crop. The growth cycle is short and sweet, with only 100 days between sowing in March and harvesting in July. The plant ripens by the end of June in a golden yellow color, then blooms, dots the fields with purple, blue and white flowers. To preserve the full potential of each plant, flax is never mowed but must be eradicated. After harvesting, the linen is stacked in hedges to dry: once dried, the seeds are removed. The linen comes fifth is exposed to moisture to break down the pectins that join the fibers together. Once the flax is harvested, the fibers are separated from the straw and then classified into the short fibers used for the coarser yarns or the longer fibers that will be used to create the finest linen yarn. Before weaving occurs, linen yarns are examined for strength, uniformity and elasticity. Excellent quality is required as the frames are very powerful and fast. After weaving, every meter of fabric is examined and subjected to quality tests. If the fabric is not used in this raw state, it moves to the finishing department where it is bleached and / or colored. Bleaching flax requires sufficient chemical ability to remove any pectin or shiva residues, but not so much as to compromise the fiber structure. After bleaching or dyeing, various treatments can be applied to make it fold or resistant to the ground.