Flax is the raw fiber from the flax plant which is spun into linen fabric. Fabric content is sometimes identified as “flax” even for finished linen textiles.

Wild flax fibers have been used in textiles for at least 30,000 years, and flax was domesticated at least 9,000 years ago. Processed flax fibers bear a striking resemblance to human hair, and the adjective “flaxen” is still sometimes used to describe a shade of blonde hair color.

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