Skin Allergies? Why Linen?
Linen is a natural textile made from fibers of the flax plant. The flax, or linseed, plant is an important crop cultivated in cooler areas of the globe, especially Eastern Europe, where it is used to make food, oil, and, of course, beautiful textiles. First produced thousands of years ago in areas that are now Georgia, the Middle East, and modern Egypt, linen came to Eastern Europe in the 9th century and quickly became a staple fabric for people of all classes.
It’s no surprise that our ancestors from all over the world loved linen so much – linen is natural, comfortable, and durable – it is 2 times stronger than cotton and keeps its shape, color and texture for years, which makes it the perfect fabric for clothing, towels, and sheets. Linen is hypoallergenic and antiseptic – no harmful bacteria or dust mites can grow in it – and is great for those with allergies, sensitive skin, and asthma. The best choice for hot summer months, clothing made of linen is lightweight, breathable, and reflects UV rays, protecting the skin from sun damage.
Linen is eco-friendly and sustainable: the flax crop is much less thirsty and much less prone to insect infestation than its cotton counterpart, which means that little to no pesticides are used in its production and that fresh water sources can flourish as they are not depleted to sustain a fussy crop. Choosing linen will bring you together with items that are beautiful, high-quality, and leave a smaller carbon footprint.