Linen is a crisp, strong fiber with an appealing texture and is one of the strongest natural fibers. The luster of the fiber comes from the natural wax content which is creamy white to light tan. The fiber can be easily dyed and the color does not fade when washed. Getting linen wet actually makes it stronger. Linen does wrinkle easily but also presses easily. Linen will also fade in the sun. The uses of linen range from draperies, sheer casements, slipcovers, upholstery, wall coverings and bed, table and kitchen linens.
Linen cools you faster than any other fabric including cotton. While it is prone to creasing and wrinkling, it is often woven with cotton or rayon to reduce wrinkles. Linen launders beautifully and gets softer and more lustrous when washed. Dry cleaning is recommended for linen draperies due the potential for shrinkage.
Often thought to be delicate and fragile, linen is actually stronger than cotton and wool and is second to silk in its fiber strength. Because linen is so strong and durable, now you know why the Egyptians used it for their mummy wraps and the Romans shielded themselves with linen awnings at the colosseum.
Have a look at some lovely linen textiles. . . .