As the temperatures gradually begin to rise, it's time we put away our comfy jackets and make way for light fabrics that will help us breeze through summer. While cotton clothing has been a popular choice for the warm weather, it's time to introduce you to Linen - a fabric that is just as good and is perfect for a sophisticated look.
Known to be one of the oldest fibres, linen comes from the flax plant. After processing the fibres, the product is then spun, woven or knit.
Over the years, linen has gone from being a summer holiday staple to a high street must-have. It definitely has more than just an aesthetic appeal and we've listed down our top four reasons why you should invest in this summer fabric.
The fibres in the linen fabric are much more pourous as compared to cotton and due to its fewer thread counts, it becomes highly breathable. This allows better airflow and allows you to keep cool. It dries instantly, allows heat to escape and hence is the ideal fabric to beat the heat. If you absolutely can't bear the heat, linen is what you need to stock up on. It's the coolest fabric to wear.
Linen is an ideal fabric if you live in a humid region. It has known to be hygrosponic which means it has a high moisture absorbency rate. The fabric is known to absorb approximately 20% of its weight in moisture. This makes it a desirable fabric for the hot weather as it literally pulls away moisture from the body. It is also skin-friendly thanks to it's hypoallergenic property.
A cotton shirt may certainly feel softer against your skin as compared to a new linen shirt but what's absolutely amazing about linen is that it improves with every wash. You might get to see the very best of your linen shirt only after three years of wear. It gradually tends to get softer and shinier as opposed to cotton. However, repeated folding and ironing of linen clothes may cause some damage.
Linen is known to be one of the most sustainable fabrics available to us. The flax plant from which linen is produced requires less water when compared to cotton and it doesn't really require chemicals or pesticides either. It can thrive with minimal rainwater. The final product that consumers purchase is highly durable and is sure to last longer as compared to any other fabric they own.