Cottonised Flax/Hemp Fibers
We are modifying (shortening and refining) the long-staple flax and tow into a fiber with the characteristics of cotton, a artificial or synthetic fiber that is suitable to spin on the short staple ring or rotor spinning system.
We obtain cottonised flax/hemp fibers of homogeneous quality by blending the fiber in different stages of our production. Flax/hemp fiber characteristics vary according to the soil compositions, the micro climate and the retting results obtained where the flax has grown. As an independent production unit, not growing flax/hemp ourselves, we are free to select and source our raw materials all over the Western European Flax area in France, Belgium and Holland.
This approach allowed us to offer for over 70 years more than 10 standard qualities of cottonised flax/hemp, respecting specific fineness, cleanness and shade requirements our customers require. Today's production capacity of Jos Vanneste company is over 600/Tons month divided over 6 independent production lines what allows us a very big flexibility. Our production operation is capital intensive, is located the center of the flax/hemp processing world what allows us to be most competitive.
SOME IMPORTANT THINGS TO KNOW :
Flax/hemp is a difficult fiber to spin in blends as it is coarser than cotton and most of the artificial or synthetic fibers (between 4 to 8,5 Micronaire),
it is quite short( between 14 and 20 mm, and cut combed tops can go up to 25 mm) and it has a weak fiber adhesion.
The spinning of linen blends will be problem-free if the pre blending prior the carding has been carried out correctly. A High humidity content of the cottonised flax/hemp fiber is essential. Through the modern preparation equipment designed to obtain homogenous distribution of the fibers which will be fed into the cards, carding mixtures containing up to 55% linen give no problem if the right types of our cottonised flax are chosen.
We supply fibers with different quality characteristics : In cooperation with the spinner we will discuss which will be the most suitable quality based on :
1. Count which has to be spun.
2. % of Flax/Hemp that has to be obtained in the final blend.
3. Carrier which will be blended with the flax/hemp fiber.
4. end use of the yarn : for weaving or knitting? Will the yarn be dyed or will it stay in natural? Final effect that is required?
5. Based on this we can perfectly guide you into the right type : Natural (more yellowish/gold over medium grey (rabbit skin shade or more silver shade) to antraciet dark), boiled and scoured, bleached...