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Ooh La Lovely Linen!

Ooh La Lovely Linen!

Every summer my husband asks me to buy linen collared shirts for work, I willingly comply, but I always wonder why he liked them so much.  One day, I finally asked him "why the heck do you love these shirts?".  I always thought linen felt harsh and uncomfortable, I would think to myself, "who would want to wear this?"  My husbands response?  it's is an extremely lightweight fabric and is much cooler on hot summer days.  Right, imagine that, a light dressy textile that is stunning and breathes like fresh air.  Why didn't I realize how great and amazing linen truly is?  This story is brought to you by, ooh la la lovey linen!  

 A men's linen collared shirt

A men's linen collared shirt

Today, many wearable textiles are made of linen such as hats, pants, skirts, shorts, blouses, men's collared shirts, and so much more!  Linen textiles are extremely versatile because they can be worn dressed up or for activities such as gardening.  What kind of garment gets you that much fashion and function paired together?  Yea, not much.

So many summer items are made of linen and are perfectly paired with a tan!

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Linen is a textile made of fibers from a flax plant , are very labor intensive to manufacture, and it's fiber is very absorbent.

 Flax plant

Flax plant

Can you imagine the end products from this plant?  Seems un-imagineable yet fascinating at the same time.

The word linen has German roots and is a derivative of the Latin term for the flax plant.  Think of the word line which insinuates a linear pattern or thread.  Threads from the flax plant were woven into a pattern that is what we know of linen today.   

 A standard linen weave

A standard linen weave

The inner layer of fine garments were traditionally made of linen, hence the word lining.

Linen textiles are some of the oldest surviving in the world and date back many thousands of years.  Dyed flax fibers were found in a prehistoric cave in Georgia and the discovery of woven linen that survived from that era.

Egyptian mummies were wrapped in linen as a symbol of light, purity, and as a display of wealth. 

 Surviving flax textile fibers

Surviving flax textile fibers

Today, linen is an expensive textile produced in relatively small quantities.       

From money, to mummies, dish towels, clothing, and so much more.  Linen has a deep history and is filled with various uses.  Durable, stylish, and built with strength and longevity.  Ooh la la lovely linen will look great on you this summer!

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