Why Linen Clothing
Dating back over 35,000 years, linen is known for being the oldest natural fiber still in use today made from the stalks of the flax plant Linum.
At a glance the benefits of linen are:
•Durability, linen is 30% stronger than cotton - it is also resistant to abrasions, making it even more durable. Linen is also anti-static (resistant to dust and stains) and lint free as well as being able to stand high temperatures
•Extremely absorbent - linen absorbs water well, plus it allows water to evaporate quickly. This is one of the reasons that it always feels soft and cool
•Hypo-allergenic - Non-allergenic properties—this helps people who suffer from allergies, particularly dust mite allergies
•Breathable - Linen always feels fresh and cool because it can absorb up to 20% of its own weight in moisture while still feeling dry to the touch. When you wear a piece of linen clothing or sleep in linen sheets, it contacts your skin the nodes along the length of the fibres. These absorb the perspiration. Then they swell and release the moisture to the outside air. Hence, it creates a fabric that is self-cooled because of evaporation - a natural insulator - natures BEST
•Structurally sound fibre so products keep their shape - does not stretch or fall out of shape
• Linen is Green - Environmentally friendly - linen is completely biodegradable and recyclable, the flax plant also requires at lot less water and chemicals to be cultivated, mother earth loves this fabric and so do we!
•Bonus - as well as being non-allergenic linen is naturally insect-repellent and also gives UV protection
FROM FLAX FIELDS TO FASHION - choose natural over plastic synthetics every time.
Not so long ago, when buying clothes, most people considered four things - appearance, comfort, size and price with little attention given to the fabric used. More recently, there's been a significant shift in attitude with a new condition that clothes must meet - they must be made of natural fibre. The alternative are synthetic fibre fabrics which in reality are 'plastics'. Definitely not recommended to wear against your skin and they're not biodegradable when thrown away. Consider this - it requires numerous chemicals and solvents to create any type of synthetic fabric. Which would you choose?
More about linen
Linen is a much thicker fiber than cotton and it's intrinsic properties make it a superior, more durable fabric. It is commonly known as the world's strongest natural fiber (35% stronger than cotton). Linen therefore has a very long life-span.
From the flax plant, Linen is a bast fiber. Known to be crisper than cotton, linen becomes supple through handling. It gains elegance and softens to behold the most fluid drape. Though it is has more natural texture than cotton, it is silky with high luster. Both cotton and linen are associated with wrinkles. Linen fibers have a natural resin called lingnan. At first, the fibers are stiff and crease easily. The wrinkles become smoother through handling and use. For example, although a brand new cotton shirt will feel smoother and silkier to the touch, linen will be at its best some time after purchase. It tends to become softer and shinier with each wash, whereas cotton does the opposite.
Linen is highly breathable, soft and a natural insulator. It's fibers are hollow, moving air and moisture naturally. It is valued for its ability to keep cool in the summer months and trap warmth in colder weather. This is all achieved through the natural properties of the fiber itself.
Ancient Egyptians used linen for its natural ability to help repel microorganisms. Linen is known to be hypoallergenic, which means sweat is less likely to break down its fibers and has been known to be worn for those with allergies and to soothe skin conditions.
Above the Flax Plant in flower and ready for harvest.
There is evidence to suggest that a linen manufacturing industry was in operation in Egypt over 4,000 years ago. When the tomb of the Pharaoh Ramses II who died in 1213 BC, was discovered in the late 19th century, the linen wrappings were in a state of perfect preservation after more than 3000 years.
Plutarch also wrote that linen was much prized amongst the ancient Roman priestly class. Eventually bed linen was coveted by the upper classes for its cool and soft feeling against the skin, becoming a mark of wealth and social standing. These days clothing constitutes only a very small percentage of linen manufacture – which makes well sourced linen clothing all the more special an addition to your wardrobe.
Much like cashmere, the price of linen is elevated due to the laborious processes involved in its manufacture. Good quality linen is a very durable, strong and comfortable fabric. The fibres do not stretch, and are resistant to damage from abrasion and washes, and the colours do not fade away. The low elasticity of the fibres is what gives linen products that slight wrinkled look.
Some might ask - why is linen so expensive? To put it simply, manufacturing linen is a laborious and timely process, from harvesting in the fields to fabric construction on the factory floor. Add geographical limitations of where the linen producing flax plant will grow and the result is a more costly purchase than the more easily produced cotton fabric. However, the production of linen requires less water and fares better in terms of water toxicity. As a result, overall, the environmental impact of the linen (flax) garment is considered to be much lower than that of the cotton garment.
Our Logo - quality only found in linen
The Love Linen logo has been created with our simplistic and earth friendly core values in mind. The motif is based on the flax flower in bud form, a symbol of growth, time and care taken in the process of producing linen fabric and our linen clothing.
As linen is typically grown in the cooler countries of the world, the fibers that come from the flax plat are strong but the process of turning them into linen is difficult. This demonstrates the enduring popularity of linen. Cotton and other synthetic materials are cheaper and easier to make, but people still choose the quality that is only found in linen.