Linen is known to be the world’s strongest natural fiber. It is so durable it’s even used in paper money to increase strength! It is thicker than cotton and linen fiber has variable lengths, most of which are very long. This contributes to strength, which contributes to longevity. Linen lasts a very long time.
From the flax plant, Linen is a bast fiber. Known to be crisper than cotton, linen becomes supple through handling. It gains elegance and softens to behold the most fluid drape. Though it is has more natural texture than cotton, it is silky with high luster.
Linen fibers have a natural resin called lignan. At first, the fibers are stiff and crease easily. The wrinkles become smoother through handling and use.
Interactivity with moisture
Natural fibers love water. Linen is thought of as nature’s wicking fiber. It can gain up to 20% moisture before it will first begin to feel damp. Cotton will absorb more than 25% its weight in water.
Additionally, linen is known to gain strength when wet. It has the natural ability to prevent bacterial growth. For towels, this is very important as hand and bath towels tend to be the perfect home for microbes.
Linen fibers are hollow, moving air and moisture naturally. During the colder months, layer linen blankets or a throw to retain heat and warmth from your body. Linen reacts to the season and the body in contact with the cloth to give the best of all circumstances. Linen is a natural insulator. It is valued for its ability to keep cool in the summer months and trap warmth in colder weather. This is all achieved through the natural properties of the fiber itself.
What else makes linen such a high quality?
The growing and processing of flax to fibre is 100% sustainable. It requires no irrigation (rain only!) and very little fertiliser or pesticides, so flax growing both respects the environment and preserves the land – as well as the surrounding plants and wildlife. It’s known to improve soil quality, thereby increasing returns of following crops.
Thanks to flax growers, 342,000 tonnes of CO2 gas emissions and 38,000 tonnes of petroleum are avoided.