Everything About Linen
It's no coincidence that as the weather gets warmer, linen clothing hits the shelves. There are a number of benefits to this relaxed yet elegant fabric that make it perfect for the Spring/Summer months. Not only is it a beautifully breathable material, but it's generally more sustainable than cotton and other popular threads.
Advantages Of Linen
Perhaps the single most notable property of linen is how absorbent it is. Fibers from plant bast are all gyroscopic, which means they can absorb lots of moisture. In fact, linen can absorb up to 20% of its weight in moisture. This makes it highly desirable for many garments and sheets as it will literally pull perspiration off the body. As an added bonus, linens actually increase their tensile strength when wet.
Nobody wants to wear a fabric that will feel wet all the time, so what happens to the water in linen is very significant. Linen fibers release the moisture back into the air very quickly. In fact, linens dry almost instantly because the fiber itself cannot hold air or heat. As a result, linen fabrics tend to feel cool to the touch and extremely breathable. The fabric draws in perspiration, which cools the body, and allows heat to pass through essentially unobstructed. This makes linens highly desirable for sheets, clothing, and drapery in warm climates.
Finally, linens are famous for their durability. Unlike other fabrics, all the great things about linens tend to improve with use. Washing linens makes them stronger, shinier, and softer. The high durability of linen also makes it a little more rigid than other fabrics. This prevents it from clinging to the body. This drape-like quality of linen garments is another thing that contributes to its breathability. Finally, the durability of linen prevents it from producing lint.
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