Everything You Need Know About Linen Fabric
by Elisa Prete

It seems a title a bit excessive, first because it never stops learning, secondly because talking about a fabric that exists since the presence of the first men on earth seems superfluous. This article only wants to summarize the potential of a fabric always used and always in vogue like linen.It was once so popular that even now, well beyond the age of cotton and well into the age of artificial materials, all linen is often referred to as linen. It was once so precious that it was used to wrap the bodies of mummies in Egypt, contributing to the conservation of these ancient treasures. Today, linen is used to make clothes, curtains, tablecloths, cushions, rugs, rope and more. It is also mixed with cotton to make the substance sturdy, similar to paper, which is used to make dollar bills.

Linen composition

Linen is a sustainable fabric made with flax fibers. Flax plant has been grown in almost every country in the world and has been used to make fiber for over 6,000 years. To extract the fibers, the plants are cut or uprooted by hand from the ground (uprooting is said to create finer linen). The seeds are then removed through a process called winnowing or tearing, followed by retting which removes the plant stock from the fibers. Once the fibers are separated to collect the longest pieces, which can be up to 20 centimeters long, they are then spun into yarn and eventually woven into fabric.

The advantages of flax

The resulting linen fabric is two to three times stronger than cotton and dries at a much faster rate. Due to its porous nature, linen has natural heat and moisture-wicking properties which make it a good heat conductor and a popular fabric to use for clothing or bedding in the summer. Natural fibers also contain better coloring colors than other materials, and therefore the fabric is available in almost every color imaginable. Linen is also naturally antibacterial, which has made it a popular choice for bandages for centuries and a favorite for curtains and accessories such as furniture cushions.

Linen also has some negative aspects. Like a fabric, it has little elasticity which manifests itself in the often easily visible wrinkles. It is also more expensive than cotton. But despite these drawbacks, linen remains just as popular and the smart choice for home decorating accessories as it was when it was discovered centuries ago.

Linen care

Flax is known to be wrinkled. If you like the look and feel of linen clothes, get ready to do a lot of ironing if you want to keep wrinkles at bay unless you want to hug wrinkles for a more casual look. Linen can be ironed at high temperatures and it is preferable that it is still a little damp. Linen dries quickly even in the open air but if you prefer you can use the dryer. With each wash, the linen will become softer and more pleasant. It is the only fabric that improves with use so that it can be used for years.At the first wash it tends to shrink by about 7% and can leave a little hair so it is recommended to wash it separately. Then it can be washed with the other garments distinguishing the colors. It is better to wash at temperatures of around 40 ° C for colored fabrics and 60 ° C for white clothes. You can remove stains by treating the stain in the prewash.


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