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Glossary Item

Flax : flax

Effective 2 July 2019

Preferred Term: flax

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Flax and linen are derived from the fibre of Linum usitatissimum, which is also cultivated for the production of linseed. Short, broken fibres are called tow and are used to make coarse fabrics and cordage, the long fibres are used for strong threads and fine linens. This is not to be mistaken with New Zealand flax, Phormium tenax, which is used for weaving baskets and bags.

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