This high quality linen cord, imported from Italy, is very soft and pliable. It is 8 ply with 8 strands woven together and has a thickness of approximately 1/8" or 3.0 mm. It is unwaxed, unbleached, and minimally processed. Typically it is used in bookbinding for sewing on cords and used with a sewing frame. The individual strands of the cord separate easily for lacing into book boards, and flatten out as worked into a cover.