What is linen fabric made from?
Linen is one of those fabrics that is timeless. It has been used for centuries because of its amazing properties making it a valued commodity all around the world.
Linen is made from flax fibres, giving it strength and durability as well as texture, breathability, and flow. It takes time to turn the fibres into the fabric we know, but well worth it. Linen comes in many different weights and thread counts, and they all have a special allure. In the past, the tighter thread count was used in clothing, and bed sheets. But now we have open-weave fabrics for both these uses which adds to today’s style and elegance. I personally love my álmost’ mesh white linen shirt, and for my bed, I’m in love with my linen duvet cover and pillowcases.
So What Do We Value Regarding Linen?
For a start, linen is all natural, and so, biodegradable and like most (not all) natural fabrics it is breathable making it comfortable to wear.
I remember seeing old movies set in Africa with people dressed in their linen suits. They did this because, while giving them protection from the elements covering most of their body, they also kept as cool as possible in those conditions. And then when it came time to launder, their linen suits would dry quickly. Yes, linen does dry quicker than cotton and of course wool garments. So for them, this fabric made a significant difference in their health, and I should imagine their sanity in those hot conditions.