Blue-flowered flax makes linen.
Fine white linen for the robes of Pharoahs.
Great linen sails on wooden ships:
How audacious is life for a plant to be grown for the purpose of catching the winds
and the storms Out of so small a seed springs a means of carrying the world to and fro
Pliny the Elder, Naturalis Historia , c.7779 A.D.
Stretched and primed linen taking the paint of Titian,
Velasquez, Picasso, Rothko...
Strong linen grain sacks, dusty blue or red-striped,
bringing wheat from the Ukraine to Paris, Berlin...
Linen smocks for farm workers hand-woven and
finely hand-stitched, bleached off-white or,
in Southern France, dark indigo-dyed.
Cool, white linen sheets on your bed.
Cool linen garments on a summer's day.
*The Ancient Egyptians knew linen as 'woven moonlight'
Moriko Overshirt. Easy button through shirt in a light, textured linen. £115
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Words by Emily Mears
Photography . Alice Gao