Marie Demaegdt, European Confederation for Linen and Hemp (CELC), at the Maison d'Exceptions show

(English subtitles available)

“My name is Marie Demaegdt. I am the project manager for the European Confederation for Linen and Hemp (Chanvre) (CELC) and I am focused on textile innovation. Linen is a timeless fiber in our civilization. It dates back at least 38,000 years.

It is also a fiber that is perpetually innovating, including in textiles, via new techniques. This has been happening for several years now, notably with knitting, circular looms, jersey, piqué, and fleece. There have also been new techniques in weaving and ennobling.

Between France, Belgium and Holland we produce 80% of the global supply and nearly 100% of high-quality linens. It’s also a material often worked in Europe that designers reimagine, rediscovering its virtues and reinterpreting with modern techniques. All of this occurs while maintaining a very local economy, a few kilometers in span.

Linen is a fiber requiring numerous savoir-faire from growers, harvesters, spinners, weavers, knitters and embellishers. It is a particular material requiring knowledge and particular attention and expertise.

This European industrial chain working so closely allows for us to mutualize our R&D across different partners and actors, allowing for entirely new innovations.”