While many people admire linen's luxurious look and feel, few understand what sets linen apart from other fabrics. According to Wikipedia, linen is made from the fibers of the flax plant (Linum usitatissimum) and unlike other textiles, such as cotton or wool, it is very labor intensive to produce. While linen textiles can be dated back to 8000 BC, there is evidence that humans were using linen fibers as far back as 36,000 year ago. Linen - A Luxury Textile for 36,000 Years and Counting
Linen continues to be one of the most luxurious fabrics on the planet and is used for clothing, home furnishings, and multiple other applications. It has been a popular choice for shirts, blouses, lingerie, collars, cuffs, and linings (linen provides the root for that word!) for coats and sweaters. Not only is linen light weight, it is also durable and breathes well, making it a popular fabric in warmer climates and seasons. Linen is also used for home textiles.
While some linens are truly 100% linen fiber, there are also blends. Cotton, hemp, and other fibers are commonly used with linen in blended weaves, which can still be called, "linen." The material is best known for being soft and cool to the touch, earth friendly, and lint free. It is also moth-resistant.
The highest quality linens are manufactured in Western Europe, predominantly in Italy and Belgium. If you are looking for high-quality fabrics for clothing or home furnishings and textiles, consider adding Didriks luxurious Belgian linens to your collection.