Linen is one of the most ancient textiles made from the stems of the flax plant. There have been discoveries of flax fibres in Georgia proving that the plant was already used by humans from as early as 30,000 B.C. Flax originally flourished in the Middle East, and is now widely cultivated.
Known as the fabric of summer, linen is a relaxed yet elegant fabric with a number of benefits. Not only is it a beautifully breathable material, but it’s generally more sustainable than cotton and other popular threads. Like cotton, it is a natural fibre. The following are advantages and disadvantages to wearing linen…
Linen is woven from natural fibers, which contributes to the fabric’s breathability. Linen shirts are also lightweight, wick away moisture and dry quickly. These properties allow linen clothing to feel cool, airy and light on the body. They are also highly absorbent, gaining up to 20% of their dry weight in moisture without feeling damp to touch.
Linen is considered to be the strongest of all natural fibres, and it’s even been found to get stronger with washes! Back in ancient Egypt it was used as currency, demonstrating it’s strong and sturdy nature. You can expect to use your linen garment for many seasons.
Flax plant cultivation is even more sustainable than cotton! The flax plant is very resilient, can grow in poor soil, and requires very little water. Every single part of the plant is used to make something from linen clothing to varnishes. Linen is also recyclable and biodegradable.
Apparently this is true – insects will stay away when you’re wearing linen!
With so many advantages comes a hefty price tag of course. Linen garments will last so it’s worth the expense.
Linen wrinkles easily and removing creases takes a bit of time if the fabric is not ironed correctly.