Libeco since 1858
For centuries, flax has been grown and transformed into linen fabrics throughout Flanders, the westernmost region of Belgium. The climate and topography of the region, interlaced with many small rivers, have made it ideal for linen production.
By the 1800′s, there were dozens of weaving firms operating in and around Meulebeke. Of these, only two remained: Libeco and Lagae Linens.
The first information on Libeco dates from 1864. At that time, the company was a collecting point and warehouse for pure linen fabrics produced in the homes of the cottage workforce of the region. From this first warehouse, the woven goods were transported by handcart to Kortrijk, where they were dyed and sold.
Established in Kortrijk in 1858, Lagae Linens produced fine cambric and handkerchiefs.
These venerable and uniquely complementary weaving firms merged on June 2, 1997, into a single company known simply as Libeco·Lagae. The strength and synergy realized by this friendly merger ensures that the age-old craft of Belgian linen weaving heads into the new millennium stronger than ever.
For ten thousand years or more, man has known this gentle gift of nature was the source of textiles with special properties: soft hand, rich color absorption, lasting durability, and unrivalled comfort.
Linen is crisp, clean and comfortable. Soft, yet strong and durable. The more it is used, the softer and stronger it becomes. It can absorb up to 20% of its weight in moisture before it feels damp, and easily releases moisture to the air to remain cool and dry to the touch. Flax remains colorfast and launders beautifully. It has the additional advantage to be non-allergenic. Flax requires considerably fewer pesticides and fertilizers than other crops. The fibers are recyclable and eventually biodegrade.
Harvesting, drying, retting and turning, stripping and combing, spinning, weaving, bleaching and finally dyeing, this is the process needed to make flax into linen.
Libeco - Lagae makes decorative fabrics, apparel linen, technical canvas, embroidery linen and are manufacturers of finished products, such as kitchen towels, table linen, bed linen and many more. Made to measure or ready to buy, everything is possible.