Sweden has gained recognition as a prominent fashion destination, with brands such as Acne Studios, Filippa K, NA-KD, and of course, H&M. Yet, Sweden's influence extends beyond its fashion brands with a longstanding textile industry.
Linen held a dominant position in Sweden's textile industry until the 1850s. Flax cultivation was widespread across the country, and linen fabrics were meticulously woven both in Swedish households and renowned textile hubs. Linen served as a versatile material, finding application in an array of household items such as clothing and bedsheets, as well as in the crafting of essential items like ropes, sails, and fire hoses.
The linen industry in Sweden enjoyed steady growth until the late 19th century when the arrival of inexpensive cotton imports disrupted the industry.
Today there is a renewed interest in linen fabrics, with local linen producers keeping the tradition alive. Frösö Handtryck produces linen handbags and cushions, Växbo Lin weaves its fabric onsite, and Svenskt Tenn produces colorful textile prints.
by Julia Powanda/Riedia