Linen is harvested from the stalks of small, brilliant blue wildflowers. The cellulose inside the stalks that is used in the manufacturing of linen. Although this annual plant is ready to harvest just 100 days after planting, the process of turning it from flax plant into linen fabric may take an additional 150 days. The steps include harvesting; stacking it in sheaths and letting it dry; retting or letting moisture break down the exterior; stripping and combing the fibers. Followed by scutching, a procedure that divides the wood stems from flax fibers then combing the fibers to spin them into spools for blending the fibers; weaving; bleaching; and dyeing.
Elegant and comfortable, linen is a wonderful fabric choice. Unlike other commercially harvested plants, flax doesn't require much in the way of fertilizers or pesticides and is completely biodegradable making linen a very sustainable fabric option.
Benefits of linen:
- Linen is soft, yet strong. Unlike many fabrics, linen actually improves with age and wearing.
- Linen accepts dyes readily and is colorfast.
- It is easy to launder and dries quickly.
- Linen clothing is lint-free.
- It's non-allergenic.
- Insects aren't attracted to linen.
- Linen also resists the growth of microbes.
- It can absorb up to 20% of its weight in moisture without feeling damp.
This Slate Linen Dress is 100% linen. It is a causal dress with an elastic waistband and pockets.
For more linen garments, view my Collection of garments. Next #FASHIONReport will be introducing linen.