Methods of retting Scuba Fabric

Water retting is the most widely-employed practice and produces the highest quality fibers.

It is best accomplished in stagnant or slowly-moving waters, like ponds, bogs and streams.

As a rule, the more stagnant the water source, the more abundant the bacterial fauna and the faster the retting process.

Flax bundles weighted down in ponds and bogs generally ret in anywhere from a few days to a couple of weeks, depending on water temperature.

Because the water is stagnant and the microfauna abounds, pond or bog retting is particularly foul-smelling.

Stream retting usually takes a few weeks longer, but yields cleaner (and less stinky) fibers.

Dew retting is the preferred method in areas where water sources are limited but that enjoy warm daytime temperatures and heavy nighttime dews.

Flax stalks are spread out evenly across a grassy field, where the combination of air, sun and dew causes fermentation, which dissolves much knittingfabric of the stem within 2-3 weeks.



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