What is Linen?
Linen is a natural sustainable textile obtained from the fibres of the flax plant.
Linen is a very absorbent and dries faster than cotton and therefore linen is comfortable to wear in hot and humid weathers due to its hypoallergenic properties. Linen is an expensive textile produced in limited small quantities. It has a long staple relative to cotton and other natural fibres, wool, cashmere etc.
Linen thread is not elastic, and therefore it is difficult to weave without breaking threads. Hence, linen is considerably more expensive to manufacture than cotton.
Linen fabric feels cool to touch. Linen is relatively easy to take care of, since it resists dirt and stains, has no lint or pilling tendency, and can be dry-cleaned, machine-washed, or steamed.
Linen should not be dried too much by tumble drying, and it is much easier to iron when damp. Linen wrinkles very easily, the tendency to wrinkle is often considered part of linen's particular charm.
Linen yarn has the presence of slubs (a lump or thick place in yarn or thread), or small, soft, irregular lumps, which occur randomly along its length. The slubs are considered as part of the aesthetic appeal of linen. In addition, slubs do not compromise the integrity of the fabric, and therefore the slubs are not a defect.
Linen can degrade in a few weeks when buried in soil. Linen is more biodegradable than cotton.
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