dew retting

dew retting

[′dü ‚red·iŋ]
(microbiology)
A type of retting process in which the stems of fiber plants are spread out in moist meadows, and the pectin decomposition is accomplished by molds and aerobic bacteria with the formation of CO2 and H2.
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Dew retting is limited to geographic regions where temperature and humidity must be suitable for fungal activities.
hemp green scutching followed by water retting) and dew retting of flax.
With field or dew retting, plant stems are cut or pulled up and left in the field to rot.
Dew retting will produce a lovely silvery colored linen while lake retting will retain it's golden color.