Linen is one of the most ancient fabrics known to man. Linen is made from flax and the process of manufacturing flax is quite arduous. Linen has several advantages over other natural fibers; one is that is stronger than other fibers, and the other is that it is cool. Trousers made of linen will never feel clammy in humid weather as linen can absorb over twenty percent of its weight in water. Linen is a cool fabric and that’s why it’s preferred over other fabrics.
Linen was mostly found in white color and it’s only recently that fabric makers have started dyeing it in other colors. Linen has a number of advantages. It’s a very soft and smooth fabric and always feels nice to touch. The second advantage is that it’s cool and preferred over other fabrics in hot weather. The third advantage is that being a strong fabric it’s long lasting. As linen has the ability to absorb and loose moisture rapidly it will absorb perspiration and dry it out rapidly. Linen is resistant to moths and carpet beetles. The disadvantage of linen is that it’s an expensive fabric.
Linen has been used in ancient times by the Egyptians to keep their body cool, when exposed to the heat of the sun. The fabric material is made especially for cooling the body and provides an airy feeling to the skin. The comfort and lightness that this material provides is incomparable with any other material.
The major advantage of linen is that it ages gracefully and the older it gets, the better it will look and feel. Linen is now also being used in making gents and ladies trousers and ladies skirts. In tropical climates men also wear linen suits at formal occasions. Dyed linen cloth can fade with over exposure to sunlight.
Linen has a very interesting factor about it, and that is that it can be used to make both men and womens wear. It is versatile in its use as well. Men make trousers and shirts, whereas women make shalwar suits, skirts and gowns with linen. It can be kept simple or adorned according to the desire of the customer.
Linen towels have a distinct advantage over cotton towels as they are soft and more absorbent than cotton. Also, they very seldom need softeners like cotton towels do. Linen bed sheets make the bed look clean, cool and welcoming.
Linen is a relatively easy to wash fabric and does not stain easily. Linen loves water and requires a lot of water for rinsing after it has been washed. In fact linen is best rinsed in running water. Linen needs a medium to hot iron when ironing and can be starched as well. If too much starch is used the fabric will become stiff, therefore it should be lightly starched. Linen should be ironed when it’s still slightly damp.
Linen will remain a prized fabric as its production remains quite low. White linen is the preferred color in linen and it looks its best in this color.