Linen – The Natural Super Textile
Short version:Linen as a fabric is having somewhat of a renaissance as a fabric for making clothes and textiles, but it is actually one of our eldest know fabrics. It’s a natural super material! It can hold a lot of moist without feeling damp, is naturally antibacterial and dirt repellant – and also sustainable to grow. Linen can be washed in maximum of 80 °C, but will be clean even in lower temperatures. Always steam or iron linen clothes after laundry – never tumble dry.
The fabric for royalsLinen cabinet and bed linen – have you ever wondered why many things connected to textiles are called something with linen? It’s not a coincidence. Linen – fabric made from the flax plant – has historically been the most common woven fabric. For instance, the mummies were actually wrapped in cloths made of linen.
A sustainable optionIn our modern days cotton has been the king of textile production, but linen is actually having a renaissance. And rightfully so! Linen is a natural super material. It can absorb up to 20% of its own weight in moist without feeling damp, and that’s why it always feels cool to the touch. Linen is incredible useful for making shirts, blouses, suits, cloths, bed linen and dish cloths.
Contrasting to cotton, the flax plant is sustainable to grow. It requires very little water and the flax plant can sustain in colder climates and can even be cultivated in soil that’s not fertile enough to grow produce. Flax is also naturally resistant to many pests and you rarely have to use pesticides or weed killers.
How do I wash linen?
- Linen textiles need to be washed with a lot of water to avoid damage caused by the folding.
- Let your garments or fabrics soak in water before you wash them and avoid water-saving eco programs.
- Linen sheets, towels and dish cloths: Wash in 60 °C (over 80 degrees and the special qualities of linen won’t be preserved)
- Delicate linen items, embroidered cloths or sheer curtains: Choose the wool program or hand wash. Always air and remove stains before washing, consider washing as the last resort
- Choose a gentle spin cycle. Squeeze out excessive water instead
- Hang dry and straighten out all seams
- Iron at high temperatures or steam, unless you want that messy, wrinkly look