We stock Dew Retted Flax instead of Water retted flax because the Dew Retted Flax is more environmentally friendly. The quality is fairly coarse, long fibers but not too long. Spinning is easy with this combed top and can be used for a variety of projects. WARNING - This flax is produced by rotting the flax plant off of the fiber. This process causes the fiber to retain an unpleasant odor. The result may offend some customers. The smell is not an indication of a defective bag of flax! This smell is removed through washing and airing out your fiber. Some lots may be stronger than others. This is a marvelous fiber with history and durability. Suitable for many projects!