Linen is natural textile made from the flax plant. It is one of the oldest agricultural crops in the world, and civilizations have used the flax plant dating back to the Stone Age. It grows around the world today in cooler climates like Europe, North America, Asia and some parts of Africa. Flax is used to make linen and linseed oil. Linen is made from the stringy parts of the inner bark of the plant stem. Linseed oil is pressed from the flax seed.
Linen is made from a sustainable and renewable fiber that uses only 25% of the water needed to produce cotton. Flax does not need any fertilizer, and or harsh chemicals to be processed, unlike cotton. Linen is 100% biodegradable as well. It could be a key part in helping our planet.
Processing flax into linen requires more labor intensive steps than cotton. One method is called stone washing, which produces a very smooth fabric. Actual stones such as pumice or volcanic rock are used in the manufacturing process, to wash with the fabric, giving the linen a “worn out” appearance and added flexibility and comfort.
Linen has been around for centuries, and has proven to still be one of the most comfortable and eco-friendly options out of any textile. The best thing you can do for yourself or wear is linen!
Now, you know the rest of the story about why flax linen has been used for centuries for bedding, clothing, tablecloths, even sails on the ships that explorers navigated the world with. A true natural fiber that is sustainable, softer with wear and able to absorb moisture without weakening the fibers. Comment below, I’d love to know if you already knew any of this before reading!