Yes Linen is strong, durable, breathable, an insect repellant, and highly absorbent. It has a lower environmental impact than cotton and it's super luxurious.
Linen also called Linum usitatissimum, is a natural fiber made from the flax plant and is one of the world’s oldest fiber. Flax grows wild from North Africa to India as well as Western Europe. When flax is handpicked similar to cotton, it results in the long fibers as the stalk in very long. The flax seeds are removed, the stalk is then crushed to create the fiber. The entire plant is used, nothing is wasted. Separating the woody stem and the inner pith called Pectin, from the long fibers that can be used to product the linen fiber is labor-intensive and must be done by hand, making it a very expensive fiber. Although flax is grown in many parts of the world it is believed that the best linen fabric comes from Belgium, with Scottish and Irish linen in a close second. There is no commercial linen production in the United States.
Flaxseed is one of the oldest fibers in the world.
THE HISTORY OF LINEN
Linen comes from the flax seed, one of the oldest fibers in the world.The history behind linen goes back 7,000 years, where it was grown near the Nile River by ancient Egyptians. Flax seed can be traced back to the Netherlands and French farmers to the skilled workers that turned flax into fabric. ( you can put read more and put a drop down.) In the 1600’s French skilled tailors spinned and weaved linen fabric and the nobility in the middle ages wore linen fabric as a fashionable trend. The First American settlers planted flax seed so they can make linen, and flax seed farms were grown to make yarn and in all American colonies at one time. Linen was the sought after fabric, but when it came to cotton, the price could not match. In 1793, Eli Whitney’s Gin was invented and the price of cotton was much less to produce than linen yarn.
GROWING FLAX SEED
Growing flax takes a little over 100 days from seedling to harvesting. Flax cannot survive in hot climates which is why flax is often harvested in the winter. When the leaves wither and the stems turns yellow and the seeds turn brown it is time to harvest. The entire stem must be pulled out by hand, because if the stalk is cut the sap is lost and this affects the quality of the linen fabric. Removing the seeds and leaves called rippling, then the stalk is separated from the fiber without injuring fibers called retting, which could take up to several weeks. The stalks are boiled in alkali or by hand to crate the finest linen fibers. Once the retting is complete the plants are dried and crushed, leaving small pieces of bark called shives, which holds the flax fiber. The fibers are combed and straighten and ready for spinning into cloth.
Why We Love Ultra Luxurious Linen
- The flax seed is made from the cellulose fibers that grow inside of the stalks of the flax plant, one the oldest cultivated plants around the world.
- Crisp & Resilient
- Keeps you cool
- Sustainable Farming
- Less water Needed: Low Water Method of Breaking the flax stalks into fiber.
- Less Carbon Footprint
- Less Need For Pesticides
- Less Soil Depletion
- When Treated Without Chemicals It Is Biodegradable
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