Wild flax, the little wild.

Wild flax, the little wild.

Wild flax is one of the first plants that man domesticated and cultivated mainly for the fiber of his shoot with which he made his first clothes.

It continues to grow in its wild form scattered, one here and one there, in small nests in the olive groves and forests of Mount Athos where we photographed it.

Wild as a word, means what lives in the fields, the free, the rough, the unruly and the flax, the small wild flax proves it.

It is a miracle of nature to see this weak plant rocking in the play of the wind, flickering its sweet flower dancing on the fibrous delicate shoot!

Its color is blue, as our human eyes perceive it, it is the light blue color of the Greek sky.

Plants, however, do not care much for human aesthetic pleasure but for their survival.

The color of the flower of plants is an organized way of achieving their goal which is none other than pollination and ultimately their (wild) survival.

Είναι ο τρόπος να προσελκύσουν τα μυριάδες έντομα στο άνθος τους και στη γύρη τους.

The best known is the bee but in nature there are millions of insects which are attracted by the colors of the plants.

By the way, plants have developed other ways and mechanisms to do their job, aromas, shapes, etc.

As has been shown by studies, during the evolutionary course, after the insects had previously created their sensory organs and even long before the appearance of flowering plants, the plants with a kind of intelligence perceived the tastes of insects and created the favorite colors of insects to attract to their flower.

Plants are smart!

We should also add that the glacial color of wild flax, which for humans symbolizes the color of wisdom (hence the owl's owl, the bird of wisdom), insects see it as bright blue because insects see other wavelengths of light and light. color…

Flax is an annual plant and its main varieties are two-way, as we wrote above. Those that are cultivated for their fibers and are called filaments and those that are cultivated for their spores from which a kind of oil, linseed oil, comes out.  

In the bark of the stem there are many fibers that stabilize it, these are the fibers that are used in the manufacture of yarns and fabrics. The fibers are made up of individual cylindrical cells held together by various adhesives.

Flax was the only fiber used by the ancients for textiles, silk and wool are animal fibers that were used much later and then other fibrous plants with cotton dominating from the Industrial Revolution until the end.
How old man used this plant can not be said with certainty. For many years we have known that archaeological research has confirmed the existence of seeds and linen fabrics in Babylon (7,000 BC) and in Alpine cities (5,000 BC).

Τελευταία ανακοινώθηκε ότι το λινάρι χρησιμοποιούνταν από τους προϊστορικούς ανθρώπους πριν 34.000 χρόνια! Και τα αποδεικτικά στοιχεία βρέθηκαν από αρχαιολόγους κατά τη διάρκεια έρευνας σε σπηλιά στην Γεωργία.
Πρόκειται για τις πιο παλιές, επεξεργασμένες από τους προϊστορικούς ανθρώπους ίνες που έχουν βρεθεί , από άγριο λινάρι, μη καλλιεργημένο, που θα μπορούσε να χρησιμοποιηθεί για να φτιάξουν ύφασμα, κλωστές, ρούχα, σχοινιά και καλάθια, σύμφωνα με την ανακοίνωση των ερευνητών που δημοσιεύθηκε στο αμερικανικό περιοδικό Science.

Εξάλλου η ύφανση, και είναι μία από τις αρχαιότερες ασχολίες των ανθρώπων. Την εποχή που ιδρύθηκαν οι πρώτες πόλεις, η παραγωγή υφασμάτων ήταν ήδη εκτεταμένη. Όμως σημαντικές ποσότητες υφασμάτων διασώθηκαν μόνο σε δύο αρχαίους πολιτισμούς: τον αιγυπτιακό  όπου βρέθηκαν λινά υφάσματα χρονολογούμενα προ του 4000 π.Χ. , αλλά και στις πυραμίδες μερικές από τις μούμιες ήταν τυλιγμένες με λεπτές λωρίδες από λινό ύφασμα καθώς και τον πολιτισμό των Ίνκα στο Περού βρέθηκαν βαμβακερά και μάλλινα.

Στις Ινδίες το βαμβάκι εμφανίζεται περί το 2000 π.Χ., ενώ το μετάξι στην Κίνα περί το 2500 π.Χ.. Από την Αίγυπτο το λινάρι φαίνεται ότι διαδόθηκε στις άλλες χώρες της Μεσογείου και στη συνέχεια στην υπόλοιπη Ευρώπη όπου καλλιεργείται μέχρι σήμερα.

Flax fabric is more durable and shiny than cotton. From the yellow fibers of this plant, the synonymous thread is made, which is durable with a wonderful sheen. It is ideal for summer, because it is cool and absorbent, leaving the body to breathe freely! But it crumbles relatively easily, unlike linen with synthetic impurities.

Opportunity, then, to wear linen clothes this summer with the continuous heat waves honoring its history…

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