Around the World: Irish linen

“I want to be buried in Irish linen canvases.” Saint Patrick, head of the Irish Christian church, the eternal patron of Ireland. Long before our era, flax came to Europe and started to get cultivated. Over time, Ireland became the heart of...

Linen fashion in the world

Natural is the new popular We live in the times when products of natural origin are becoming increasingly more and more popular. People that choose such products demonstrate a great deal of wisdom, since such products are safe for them,...

Russian flax linen - hard to find, but easy to buy

Today, many shoppers are familiar with Lithuanian linen. It is very often that one can find Lithuanian linen tablecloths, bedding and napkins in stores. And if you were to visit the capital of Lithuania, Vilnius, you would find many small street...

How are flax linen and the Tretyakov gallery connected?

The Tretyakov brothers: how it all began On December the15th, 1832, the beautiful and smart Alexandra Borisova gave birth to Mikhail Tretyakov’s firstborn, who was given name Pavel. The second son, Sergei Tretyakov, was born soon after his big...

Types of linen fabric: from burlap to cambric

As one of the main sources for creating fabric, flax is known for its environmental friendliness and durability. From flax fiber alone dozens of different natural linen fabrics can be woven, for flax has hundreds of uses. For example,...

Flaxseed and flaxseed oil

The name for flaxseed comes from ancient Latin language, and it means “very useful”, and that is very true. Flax got its’ name because every part of the plant is utilized in creation of many distinct products for bettering our lives, like...

Natural linen color

Natural linen fabric bears a rich color palette - ivory, beige, sandy colors, all shades of brown and gray. Sometimes flax linen fabric is bleached and dyed, and sometimes it is left in its original state - natural tones are always in fashion. What...

What is better: linen vs half-linen

What is half-linen, and what’s good about it? During the processing of flax stems, some parts of the fiber break off, and they are used for the production of mixed fabrics - for example, half-linen (also known as cotton linen). Such fabric...

Types of linen: why choose 100% linen?

Flax linen is a natural material, one of the oldest on Earth - it is since the VIII century BC that craftsmen learned to create canvas from flax stems. This is a very laborious process, but the result exceeds all expectations. Flax linen fabric...

The history of linen and flax

“He who sows flax will reap gold,” said our ancestors, and these words contain golden truth. Flax has been valued for its beauty, practicality and healing properties at all times. We use flax products in our everyday lives, but how much do we...

Fabric Shrinkage: linen and other fabrics (part 1)

Most fabrics have this one interesting property - they become smaller in size after washing. This phenomenon is called shrinkage, which is to some extent a characteristic of all natural fabrics. Is it possible to somehow deal with it? Or is it...

How to soften linen

Purchasing linen fabric, we can’t always say for sure what it will be used for. Let’s say you’ve bought fairly coarse quality linen for sewing a blanket, and end up with some fabric pieces left. There may be an idea that comes to your mind to...

Facts that may change your opinion on linen

Flax is an ancient crop. And it is not surprising at all that linen is mentioned in the world’s most ancient scriptures. It is often that linen material was the "hero" of famous historical events in the world!10 Facts about flax and linen• The...

Why is linen so expensive?

Linen Plant: the capricious, the fibrous Growing flax plant is not easy. It feels best only at moderate temperatures, in lots of day light and with adequate water supply.  Unlike cotton, linen fibre is much harder to get as...

 Linen or Cotton: what is safer for your health?

Linen canvas - medicine in every thread Scientists have proved that wearing organic linen fabric will prevent a series of health problems. Flax plant has unique bacteriologic properties – it is too hard for germs and fungi to take root on flax...

Linen and cotton: Everything is comparative

Natural linen fabric is often mistaken for its main competitor – cotton. And that is utterly wrong. These are completely different plants that give fibers with completely different properties.  How to distinguish linen canvas from cotton...

Linen canvas or Cotton canvas – which one is better?

Fashion for natural fabrics made linen and cotton extremely popular. However, sometimes it is hard to decide which one of these two products is the best. That is why you should know a thing or two about these fabrics to know their pros and...

Where does linen come from: Manufacture & Properties (part 2)

How pure linen fabric is produced Producing linen fabric is quite an expensive process for several reasons. First of all, it deals with complex processing of the plant. Besides, there are several sorts of flax, and the quality of the fabric and...

Where does linen come from: Manufacture & Properties (part 1)

Looking back in history: linen fabric for clothing and more The first mentions of linen fabric and its use date back to several thousand years ago. Some historians think this fabric is 5000 years old. It first appeared in Ancient Egypt. Linen...