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"To weave a superb Linen Damask, it is essential to use a superb raw material - pure natural linen yarn, spun fromthe harvest of the flax plant into lone, fine, strong fibres. Thomas Ferguson Irish Linen operates the latest in weavingtechnology - electronic jacquard looms, which can weave almost three metres wide. The high speed looms areoperated under the watchful eyes of experienced weavers. This gives us a perfect balance of human and mechanicalknowhow. Conditions in the weaving shed must be closely monitored. Temperature and humidity are almost constant,both being very important with regard to quality control. Linen is actually stronger when wet than dry, and so it isimportant that the fine yarn is as strong as possible when being woven. This is a characteristic, which gives linen itslegendary staying power. While other fabrics are weaker during the laundry process, linen is stronger and thereforethrives from being washed.ESTABLISHED 1854