The environmentally friendly ancestral fiber
In line with our mission to care for the world we live in and the people who live in it, the use of materials obtained from sustainable sources is a vital premise in Capsula’s creations.
In the spring-summer 2020 collection, the main role was played by a natural fiber with an ancient history, which combines resistance, breathability and refinement. Did you guess? If you said flax, then you were right on target.
With very unique characteristics, such as its rustic appearance and durability, linen was the obvious choice for Capsula’s proposals for the summer season.
In addition to being one of the most suitable raw materials for warmer days, due to its lightness and breathability, which promote an excellent thermal sensation and skin health, linen is a natural fiber that combines quality and respect for the environment.
For at least 8 thousand years man has been using this resistant and versatile fiber. It became famous in Egypt, where it began to be cultivated on a large scale and used for various purposes: boat sails, tents, religious ceremonies and especially in bands for mummification.
In addition to the importance it had and continues to have in human history, this noble material also stands out in the production and consumption of more sustainable fashion.
If grown by hand, flax is a 100% sustainable fiber. In organic cultivation, flax is harvested manually, being pulled from the root, in order to take advantage of the entire length of the plant.
After being picked, it is ripped, a process in which the seeds are separated, tanned and macerated, a stage in which the natural glue that unites the plant’s fibers needs to be removed.
Maceration is followed by drying in the open air, which guarantees that the fiber maintains its natural qualities and also guarantees less energy consumption, since industrial dryers are not used.
The last step is the sedation process. In this stage, the fibers are selected by the craftsman who undoes the threads with the help of needles, separating the long fibers from the short ones. The long fibers are the linen itself, which will still go through several processes, such as spinning (transformation of the fiber into threads) and the loom (the creation of the fabric).
With low irrigation for cultivation, no use of any chemicals with zero waste or harmful by-products and no waste as the entire biodegradable plant can be used, the environmental impact of flax spinning and weaving is virtually zero.
In addition, its resistance and versatility increase the useful life of the parts, preventing them from having a short life cycle and quickly ending up in landfills, with the harmful consequences that this brings to our planet and everyone who inhabits it.
In the spring-summer collection, linen was presented in a palette of delicate colors and with details of pure lines and adaptable to every moment of the day. In each piece, a sense of well-being and calm, but also timeless subtlety and elegance, which convey a truly genuine authenticity and purity and reinforce the idea of a more natural lifestyle.