Flax tow

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Short flax fibres that are removed during the scutching or hackling processes:
(1) rug tow: short flax fibre removed during scutching and containing extraneous woody material
(2) re-scutched tow: short fibre which has been cleaned in a tow-scutching apparatus
(3) machine tow: short fibre which has been removed from scutched long flax during the hackling process

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