Linen threads are made from the processed fibres of the flax plant.
Linen characteristics: Linen has a very smooth surface and thus a matt sheen; it doesn’t easily get dirty or fluffed up. Linen has a high absorption capacity (retaining up to 23% fluid) but quickly releases the moisture again. It thus helps naturally regulate normal body temperature, which is ideal for summer and tropical clothing. Linen is a hardy fabric and less easily torn when wet than when dry. However, because of its fibrous origins, linen is stiffer and harder than cotton, and also creases easily.
Linen fabric care: Linen can be boiled but it’s better to select a lower washing-machine temperature, depending on its blend components: e.g. 60 degrees for coloureds and for easy-care linen, 40 degrees and on the delicate cycle for others. Use a normal detergent for white and bleached linen, a delicate detergent or one without optical brightener for unbleached and coloured linen. Note the care instructions on the fabric label. If in doubt, dry-clean very delicate linen fabrics. Linen garments can be dried in the drier but they may shrink. Linen can take a lot of ironing heat but should be pressed with a damp cloth or with a steam iron and plenty of steam.
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