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What's Linen

Linen is a natural fabric which comes from the fibers of the stalk of the flax plant. The plant is sown in April, produces delicate blue flowers in June and is harvested in August. The subtle intensity of the violet blue flax flower is a sign of the finest fibers and these are used to produce Linen.The wondrous feel and technical advantages of natural fibers are not lost on today's consumers, nor were they lost upon the ancients.

Linen is the oldest textile material in the world. Its history goes back thousands of years, well into the Stone Age. And various types of linen fabrics have been popular in use since 17th century.

Linen manufacturing is a complicated and lengthy process which requires great skill at each stage of production: Cultivating Flax, rippling & Retting, Scutching & Hackling and Spinning, and fabric manufacture includes design, weaving, finishing, specialist cutting, hemming and ornamenting.

Having the completely process, linen becomes clean and comfortable, soft yet strong and durable. The more it is used, the softer and stronger it becomes. It can absorb up to 20% of its weight in moisture before it feels damp, and easily releases moisture to the air to remain cool and dry. Flax remains colorfast and launders beautifully. Highly absorbent and a good conductor of heat, this fabric is cool in its surface. Linen is the strongest of the vegetable fibers and has 2 to 3 times the strength of cotton. Linen table cloths and bedding have been handed down generation to generation. It has the additional advantage to be non-allergenic. Flax requires considerably fewer pesticides and fertilizers than other crops.

For all these reasons, linen offers fashion designers unlimited creative potential, and wearers lasting enjoyment. Bedding of pure or blended linen is in vogue once more. We never tire of linen at the dining table. The utility of linen in the kitchen is unrivaled. No other fiber can offer this unique blend of luxury and comfort, supreme elegance and down-to-earth practicality.

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