Warning: Due to the high exertion of the e-shop, the expedition of orders may be delayed 5 working days. Thank you for your understanding.

Shopping cart

Your cart is empty. Let's do something about that :-)

HINT: Browse our new arrivals

At a loss? Check out our blog


Heirloom linen, natural

Product code 104 08-0009

Authentic, hand-woven, heirloom linen from the family vault of a Slovak weaver. This fabric was made in the Plachtince back country in southern Slovakia, where weaving has been practiced for generations. Pure 100% linen with a distinct structure, perfect both for historical costuming and contemporary fashion.

Read more
Basic parameters
Width: 62 cm
Color: natural
Content: 100% linen
Weight (gsm): 387 gsm
Weight (mm): 89 mm
Drape: slightly stiff
Minimum order: 0.2 m
Availability: while supplies last
Shrinkage: 3-7 %

on order

This product is out of stock for the foreseeable future.

Alternative products in the category Linen:

Want to know what this fabric feels like?

Zboží vloženo do košíku
Product description

Product description

The production and sale of textiles, and linen in particular, has a strong tradition in the Slovak back country around Plachtince. Home looms filled the air with their happy clatter well into the middle of the twentieth century before finally being consigned to museums. This linen fabric is an actual heirloom passed down within a weaving family and was made on one of those home looms, the product of hard work and an experienced hand.

Please note: This fabric is only available until supplies run out ­– we don’t know if or when we’ll be able to get our hands on an archival linen like this again.

Hand-woven fabrics from home looms come in narrower bolt widths than modern fabrics, so take note of the width parameter listed. The cloth is in very good condition, a testament to linen’s legendary durability, and has been practically perfectly preserved. In view of the character of the material and the process of hand weaving itself, however, the fabric may have slight irregularities such as imperfect weave, occasional slubs, and uneven coloring, which in this context are desirable marks of authenticity. The fabric may be soiled in spots. We have left the cleaning up to you – some sewers prefer strictly natural treatments and we do not wish to “taint” the cloth with modern chemicals. So it’s entirely your call.

This hand-woven linen cloth in a plain weave is a perfect choice for sewing historical costumes. While this particular fabric can measure its age “only” in decades, rather than centuries, the craft technique used for producing it has remained basically unchanged over the ages. Of course, you may absolutely use this fabric for contemporary fashion or interior decor, just like any modern linen of a similar weight. This is a unique opportunity to bring a piece of cultural heritage into your own home or wardrobe.

This hand-woven, heirloom linen has the same characteristics as any pure linen fabric – it is strong, durable, and breathable. It has not been pre-softened, so it has a stiffer hand and less drape, but it will get softer with each wash.

Wash to shrink fabric before sewing. This linen has a natural, cream color but can be bleached by traditional or modern methods (sun whitening, laundering with bleach). You can color it with any cotton or linen dye, or opt to keep its authentic, natural color. May be sewn using an ordinary, domestic sewing machine.


Wash at 60°C. Air dry. May be exposed to direct sunlight. (If you have dyed this fabric, launder at 30°C and dry in the shade.) Iron on the highest setting; may also be steamed. If machine drying, use a short, gentle cycle.

Get Sartor in your inbox

Subscribe to our newsletter and feed your creativity. You won't get any spam from us, just the sort of interesting and informative content that we'd like to receive ourselves.

By registering you agree to the processing of your personal data

Contact form close
Product question close

Need to know more about this product? Drop us a line! We're sure to have the information you need.


Hold for in-store pickup

How to put an item on hold for in-store pickup:

  1. Choose the item you want
  2. Place it in your shopping cart
  3. Choose in-store pickup and cash payment
  4. Wait for our email notifying you that your order is ready
  5. Swing by our Prague store to pick it up
  6. We hold items for 7 days

Ordering fabric swatches

How to order sample swatches of fabric

  1. Choose the fabric that interests you and click on "Order a sample"
  2. An item marked as "Sample" with a zero price will appear in your shopping cart. The first 5 samples are free. If you exceed that number, there is a one-time surcharge of about $7 (6 )
  3. Continue to choose shipping and payment. Are you only ordering fabric swatches? Just choose shipping option "Czech Post - Envelope" for 1,9 EUR/50 CZK. Don't worry, we will add a voucher for the same amount for your next purchase.

Got a question? A dilemma?

+420 777 511 114