Flax growing was already developed in the Stone Age. After the excavations in the territory of modern Switzerland were discovered remains of linen fabric and plants of Neolithic.
As spinning culture linum began cultivate in India 9000 years ago. Soon linum fabric crowded out the clothes from skins of beast.
After 2500 years this branch of plant-growing was already extended in Assyria, Babylon and Egypt. Priests in Egypt were wearing only linum clothes. Fabric from this material symbolized purity and sun. By the way, mummies of Egypt Pharaohs also wrapped in linum fabric.
From Egypt the culture of linum got in Greece. Specially craft was developed in Colchis. That’s why there is a version that the hike for the golden fleece was the hike for searching the secret of making the superfine linum cloth.
To Western Europe the culture of linum came from Italy, to East Europe - from Asia.