Many of us love and adore the feel and look of linen in our homes and our clothes. Have you ever thought about the story of linen or how long it has been in use?
Linen is one of the oldest textile fibers used by humans; evidence of its use has been found in Switzerland's prehistoric lake dwellings, and was also discovered in the ancient Egyptian tombs. The Egyptians would use linen in the mummification process, perhaps because of is natural moister wicking properties.
Linen is a textile made from the fibers of the flax plant. It is very strong, absorbent, and dries faster than cotton. Because of these properties, linen is comfortable to wear in hot weather and is valued for use in garments, bedding, and other household purposes.
Linen is antibacterial. Harmful bacteria and other germs have a difficult time surviving within the fine and closely woven fibers, making linen a highly desirable fabric.
Lastly, linen is a sustainable material because 100% of the flax plant is used when harvested. The flax plant uses little water, mostly rain water. When the plant flowers and goes to seed, the seed is then used for cooking. Once harvested, the long fibrous stems are then spun into yarn and woven into fabric used for bedding, window treatments, bandages, and home accessories.
There are so many reasons why you should invest in linen.