Nov 17, 2010

Be Linen
All About Linen

Pascal Gautrand
Be Linen All About Linen

Be Linen, Benoit Millot, 2010

A wonderful and poetical documentary which tells the story of a multi-centenial protagonist: the culture of European linen. From seed to fabric, from northern European fields to Italian weaving mills, French director and graphic designer Benoit Millot followed the growth, transformations and travels of this noble textile fiber.

Produced from the fiber of the flax plant and mostly valued for its durability, breathability and ease of dyeing, linen is amongst the oldest fibers known to man. In ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome, it had been considered the cloth of royalty before slowly becoming the prominent fabric used in clothing until cotton rose as a cheaper alternative during the nineteenth century. By sponsoring such a movie, the European Confederation of Linen and Hemp just decided to strike back!

From agriculture to fashion culture, a series of interviews of main producers in Belgium, France and Italy, helps understand the uniqueness and particularities of the European transformation chain of the fiber.

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Pascal Gautrand

Pascal Gautrand

Made in Mazamet. Made in Town founder, consultant and teacher, he is graduated from the Institut Français de la Mode and used to be a boarder in the fashion design division at the Villa Medici in Rome. He develops a reflexion, mainly in the fashion field, about the manufacturing culture. His approach, oriented towards the promotion of know-how, expresses through writing, video and fashion design. As a consultant, he especially collaborates with Première Vision for the organization of Maison d’Exceptions: a dedicated area about fabric know-how within the show and for the online magazine Maison d’Exceptions whose he is editor.

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