Linen fabric embodies almost everything you could want in your clothing.
-3x stronger than cotton, and gets stronger when wet (unlike its rayon counterpart)
-due to the incredible length of each fiber, it will not shed or pill
-gets softer after washing, making it great for bedding
-comes from flax, with the whole flax plant being used, contributing to its amazingly small waste factor
-flax plant requires very little water, energy, and pest control, making it very environmentally sound
Linen would be the perfect fabric, except for some drawbacks.
-wrinkles extremely easily, making it unsuitable for frequent travel
-low elasticity, doesn’t recover from being folded or creased (store your linen clothes on a hanger!)
-shrinks after the first 1-2 washings, then will remain unchanged after that
I’m amazed at the small list of cons that linen has. However, they’re still notable. Linen’s proneness to wrinkles is probably the most significant, given that people are travelling at unprecedented rates these days.
To get all the benefits of linen with less drawbacks, look for linen that’s blended with rayon, cotton, or silk. Linen will lend strength and longevity to these fibers without the wrinkle factor.
I hope these tips have given you insight into your shopping experience, or at least made you more informed when you look at a garment tag.
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