The linen fabric

Monday 31 October, 2016



The linen fabric

In today's blog I will write a few things about the linen fabric. Linen is a natural fabric, which belongs to the family Linaceae. Linen provided protection against high temperatures during Ancient Egypt. Also in ancient Egypt only priests were allowed to wear it as a symbol of purity. Egyptian mummies were wrapped in linen as a symbol of light and purity, and as a display of wealth. After the ancient times, the fabrics industry had a huge decline. Until the twentieth century linen was sold very cheap, but after the appearance of synthetic fibers market, natural regained their value, some being sold as luxury items. Today, linen is usually an expensive textile produced in relatively small quantities.
The linen is a textile made from the fibers of the flax plant. Linen is laborious to manufacture, but the fiber is very absorbent and garments made of linen are valued for their exceptional coolness and freshness in hot weather. Many products are made of linen: aprons, bags, towels (swimming, bath, beach, body and wash towels), napkins, bed linens, tablecloths, runners, chair covers, and men's and women's wear.
Properties:
-linen fabric feels cool to the touch, a phenomenon which indicates its higher conductivity (the same principle that makes metals feel "cold" to touch).
- Linen fabrics have a high natural luster; their natural color ranges between shades of ivory, ecru, tan, or grey.
- Linen is a very durable, strong fabric, and one of the few that are stronger wet than dry. The fibers do not stretch, and are resistant to damage from abrasion. However, because linen fibers have a very low elasticity, the fabric eventually breaks if it is folded and ironed at the same place repeatedly over time.
- Linen gets softer the more it is washed.



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