Linen, a natural fibre from a local and ecoresponsible sector.
The Alsatian textile companies Emanuel Lang, Philéa, Tissage des Chaumes and Velcorex Since 1828 have joined forces to work toward a more responsible and sustainable future.
A multidisciplinary and complementary savoir-faire.
Emanuel Lang since 1856: Specialist of yarn-dyed fabric for shirts, the company Emanuel Lang develops and weaves quality technical products from natural and artificial fibres in its workshops in Hirsingue (Alsace). Emmanuel Lang excels in the development of bast fibre fabrics, from the spinning to the weaving stages.
Tissage des Chaumes was founded in 1908 and develops and creates fancy and jacquard tweeds in its workshops. Combining materials and sophisticated features, these tweeds are intended for luxury designers. Tissage des Chaumes is increasingly moving towards ecologically responsible materials, while respecting its historical knowledge.
Creator of women’s fashion fabrics for the luxury sector, Philéa weaves all of its products in Europe from artificial, natural, and synthetic fibres. Creating a wide range of products, from satin to the renowned lock-knit fabric, Philéa is an important figure in the silk industry throughout Europe.
Velcorex Since 1828 is a company that creates, finishes, and produces fabrics for the clothing industry. The company is known worldwide for its velvets and sportswear that feature an incomparable handfeel and quality. Passionate about textiles for almost 200 years, Velcorex Since 1828 enriches its expertise through its enduring savoir-faire and ever more creative innovations, reinventing itself through weaving, dyeing, and finishing.
Our mastery of linen at 360°
Our companies have been working with natural-fibre, particularly linen, for many years, and our research and development efforts have resulted in one of the widest ranges of linen fabrics in Europe.
In a desire to contribute to a more ecologically responsible world and committed to the relocation of the bast fibre industry, the Velcorex group has initiated the process of reclaiming a savoir-faire that has disappeared from France. Thanks to the expertise of Schlumberger in long-fiber spinning, in 2020 the group reassembled the first flax spinning mill in France.
The stages of production
Selection of the seeds according to their resistance
100 days of growth, without watering
Natural retting on the ground allowing the cut flax fibre to mature
Extraction of textile fibres by scutching
Combing: separation of long and short fibres
Conditioning of the flax fibres in into “slivers”
Transformation of the slivers into roving, then of the roving into yarn by twisting and binding
Winding: Conditioning of the yarn into bobbins in preparation for warping and wefting
Gathering the yarn into a sheet on a warp beam to homogenise the tension of the yarn before weaving
Putting the warp beam in place on the loom by threading and knotting
Crossing of warp and weft threads on a loom, according to a predefined weave
Inspection of the greige fabric
Preparation for dyeing
Flaming of the fabric’s surface to eliminate the last dead fibres
Bleaching of the fabric to give it an optimal hydrophilicity and colour for dyeing
Dyeing and finishing
Dyeing of the fabric, according to varying processes depending on the desired colour
Stabilisation of the fabric to obtain its final handfeel and aspect
Quality controls in the laboratory and final inspection of the fabric
Linen, a controlled origin and incomparable quality
Flax is a natural, ecologically sourced, biodegradable, and zero-waste fibre, grown in the Normandy and Hauts-de-France regions where the climate allows for natural soil irrigation. As part of a crop rotation, flax improves soil fertility and encourages biodiversity, contributing to a natural control of crop diseases and pests.
In the spirit of preserving savoir-faire and innovation, the Velcorex group turned to the Terre de Lin cooperative, a linen supplier with which the Velcorex group shares the same human values and innovative sensibilities. Our suppliers are committed to ensuring that its member farmers respect the principle of sustainable agriculture, the natural cycle of plants, and crop rotation.
An agriculturally responsible cultivation
- The use of guaranteed non-GMO flax varieties, selected according to their resistance to disease.
- Steam treatment of seeds using Thermosem technology.
- Continuous improvement of cultivation practices thanks to local agronomic technical support and agronomic and varietal experimentation platforms.
Labels that promote european production
Master of Linen®
Masters of Linen® is a registered trademark and a seal of excellence 100% made in Europe, guaranteeing European traceability for linen, from the plant to the yarn and fabric. The label is a reference for professionals and consumers who insist on 100% European traceability.
EUROPEAN FLAX® is the stamp of quality for premium European flax fiber in all markets. It preserves, enhances, and safeguards a European agricultural and industrial heritage, its territorial origin, and deeply-rooted savoir-faire. This ambitious global brand aims to achieve end-consumer recognition.
Terre de Lin Inside®
Terre de Lin inside is a brand, created by the Terre de Lin cooperative, highlights the mastery and the commitment to sustainability present within the French linen sector. The “Terre de Lin inside” logo certifies that the linen fibres used in our products come from the Terre de Lin cooperative in Normandy.
OEKO-TEX® Standard 100
OEKO TEX Standard 100: The OEKO-TEX® certification has been applied worldwide since 1992. Standard 100 is one of the OEKO-TEX® certifications and applies to all raw, semi-finished, and finished textile products, at all processing stages and for all materials.