For the Love of Linen

 

Leisa and I love linen.  We love wearing it and working with it.  Linen is a natural fibre, made from the fibre of the flax plant, and is one of the worlds’ oldest fabrics.

 

For the love of linen by matta clothing www.mattaclothing.com.au 

There are many reasons why we love it...
  • The flax fibre is one of the strongest natural fibres, creating quality, durable garments
  • Linen actually becomes softer with wear and washing
  • Linen absorbs moisture without holding bacteria, as it is naturally anti-bacterial and anti-microbial, and also allows moisture to evaporate quickly
  • The weave and fibre properties of linen allows more airflow, and it's structure means that it stays away from your skin allowing your body to cool
  • Linen is naturally non-allergenic and insect-repellent, and offers UV protection

                         

Linen is an incredibly sustainable fibre
  • Linen is naturally biodegradable, making it ideal for environmentally conscious consumers
  • Flax plants are grown on land that isn’t suitable for food production and don’t require the use of pesticides, and very little fertiliser
  • The production of linen uses 5 to 20 times less water than cotton and other synthetic fabrics
Have you ever wondered why linen is a more expensive fabric?  It’s because it is hard to weave.  The linen fibers are inelastic and easily broken in the production process, which increases the cost of production.
To iron or not to iron?  There is no need to iron linen garments; however it is a personal choice.  The inherent natural creases and crumples of linen are part of its appeal, and what gives the fabric its soft, drapey feel.  Another option is the use of a ‘wrinkle release spray’. 
For me personally, when I remove my linen garment from the washing machine, I hang it immediately on a hanger.  I then lay it flat on the kitchen bench and using my hands I smooth out the creases, flatten the hem and any dart or pleat.  It then gets hung in the shower (any spot out of the sun will do) to dry.
Nicole and Leisa 

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