Naturally Advanced Technologies has announced a partnership with Tuscarora Yarns to explore a range of blended yarns using Crailar Flax.

As part of the agreement, Tuscarora Yarns will design and manufacture Crailar Flax for sale and distribution to third-party licensees of Crailar.

The Crailar enzymatic process, which was developed by Naturally Advanced Technologies in partnership with the National Research Council of Canada, turns natural bast fibres such as flax, hemp, jute and kenaf into soft finished textiles that are as "comfortable as cotton, but more durable and eco-friendly".

"Tuscarora is one of the most innovative yarn spinners in the world, and has the ability to prepare us for entry into several unexplored categories such as couture fashion, sports performance, extreme weather gear, and certain sectors of home furnishings," said Naturally Advanced Technologies CEO Ken Barker.

"This agreement will seek to push the applications of Crailar beyond our first phase of cotton blending and establish new market sectors for this unique and sustainable natural fibre."

Since March 2011, Naturally Advaced Technologies has entered agreements for Crailar Flax fibre with HanesBrands, Georgia-Pacific, Levi Strauss, Cintas, Carhartt, Ashland, Westex, Brilliant Global Knitwear and Target.