From the Egyptian antiquity to the present day, linen fabric has been a constant source of inspiration and new discoveries for your interior decorations. It is ideal for all kinds of creations. Many stylists and designers love it especially to complete their summer collection. Here are a few ideas to help you choose the right type of linen for your creations.
What are the properties and origin of linen fabric?
Linen fabric is an organic and natural fabric made from a dicotyledonous herbaceous plant called Linumusitatissimum. Linen grows rapidly and takes one hundred and twenty days to reach its maximum height of about one meter. Flax is grown without pesticides, insecticides and little fertilizer. Flax fabric is made in four stages: retting, scutching, combing and spinning. Flax fibres are hypoallergenic and insulating and have a thermal regulating property (insulating in winter and breathable in summer). They are also resistant to water and light. Linen fabrics are durable, rot-proof, soft, resistant, comfortable, soft to the touch and easy to work with. However, they wrinkle quickly if they are not mixed with more noble materials. Linen fabric can be dyed, printed and bleached. Linen is an ecological fibre because it is grown in a less polluting way. Linen fabrics are highly recyclable.
What are the fields of use for linen?
The use of linen fabric dates back to the Neolithic period. In ancient times, linen was mainly used in the production of oil. Since antiquity, the Egyptians have used flax fibres in strips for bandaging mummies and for making clothes for Egyptian priests. Today, the field of use of linen fabrics is very varied and represents a growing interest for creators and designers. Linen is currently used in a variety of fields and various realizations, especially in the field of textiles. Indeed, the linen fabric is mainly used for the creation of clothes, interior decorations (tablecloths, bed linen, curtains…), decorative fabrics for furniture (cushions, chair covers…), fashion accessories (hats, bags, pouches, scarves…). With its relaxed look, linen fabric is suitable for a casual clothing style very useful in summer. Linen is also used to make technical fabrics for cars, boats, sports equipment… There are other uses for linen such as the use of linseed oil in paint and varnish. The flax seed can give flour, cakes which are feed for cattle.
What are the advantages of using flax?
Linseed is a very interesting plant because it is very ecological and not very polluting. With its resistant aspect, linen fabric is resistant to moths, dirt and stains. Linen clothes last longer, it does not lint or warp. It absorbs moisture quickly and has a very high absorption capacity, is heat and abrasion resistant. You can therefore wash it by hand, machine or dry clean. As it is a natural and organic fabric, linen fabrics do not contain any chemical residues, do not present any risk of allergies and health problems for the people who use them. Linen fabrics stay cool during the summer and are lightweight.
Linen has been an inexhaustible source of creative achievement and innovation from time immemorial to the present day. This fabric with multiple virtues and benefits will never cease to inspire the world and charm consumers. So why not make good use of this amazing material?