What is linen?
Linen is a natural fibre, made from the stalk of a flax plant. Every part of this marvelous plant is being used.
The seeds provide oil for dyes, paint, cosmetics and floor coverings. When ground, they form a flour used in poultices. The by-products of linen production are processed into a pulp used for banknotes or fiberboard.
However, flax is most renowned as the raw material for an extraordinary fabric. It has always been regarded as one of the best quality fabric. It has been long favoured for sheeting because of its amazing properties. It softens the more it is used and washed, is extremely durable and lasts decades when cared for correctly.
It used to be quite common that families would pass linen sheets on to the younger generation as an heirloom. Vintage linen is very desirable for its softness but not always easy to find. Fortunately nowadays you can get the similar softness when choosing pre-washed linen.
Benefits of linen
Linen is a natural fibre and has many benefits.
- It is considered to be the strongest of all natural fibers
- Has a high moisture absorbency
- Is hypo-allergenic
- Is highly breathable
- Is durable
- Cool in summer, warm in winter
- Environmentally friendly
- Very comfortable