Linen is a textile made from the fibers of the flax plant.
Linen textiles appear to be some of the oldest in the world; their history goes back many thousands of years.
Linen is very strong, absorbent and dries faster than cotton which helps reduce heat retention in warm conditions. Hence, Linen fabrics are desirable in hot and humid climates.
Linen fabric feels cool to touch. It is smooth, making the finished fabric lint-free, and gets softer the more it is washed.
The fibers do not stretch but because of this very low elasticity, the fabric will eventually break if it is folded and ironed at the same place constantly.
These days many of the original applications of linen, such as shirts and pants, have largely been replaced with cotton.
Linen remains popular as a homeware material. It’s common to find napkins and tablecloths made from linen. It’s also possible to find hand towels, kitchen towels, pillowcases, bed sheets and bath towels made from linen.
Wash n' Care for Linen Saree
Regular washing is actually good for pure linen, softening and beautifying it, and giving it a lovely look.
Sort your darks linen fabrics and bright color from your white linen. Since linen is highly absorbent and may absorb other fabric color when soaked in a common wash water.
Wash in lukewarm or cold water and if possible, use mild soap suds or a non-biological detergent to maintain the color of your linen.
Linen that has been correctly manufactured and treated can be machine or hand washed. No need to dry clean.
Remember, never bleach linen as the harsh chemicals damage and degrade the fibers of the cloth.
There is no need to iron linen garments, unless they have become really crushed. But if you love ironing, iron while the fabric is still damp. Use a medium-hot iron on the steam setting. White linen is better ironed on both sides, whilst dark linen should be pressed only on the reverse side.