The flax plant has been used in the manufacturing of clothing since the earliest civilizations, starting in Mesopotamia. Linen is one of the oldest textiles in the world. The fabric became widely popular in ancient Egypt. Annual floods replenished the deep, alluvial soils of the Nile River valley - making them ideal for growing flax during the cool winters. Linen fabric was ideal heat because of its lightweight and ability to wick moisture away from the skin.
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:
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.