Linen fabric: manufacture and properties (part 2)
How linen fabric is produced
Producing Linen fabrics is quite an expensive process for several reasons. First of all, it deals with complex processing of the plant. Besides, flax linen has several sorts, and the quality of the fabric and complexity of the manufacturing process depend directly on it. Flaxen fabric can be thin or thick, tough or smooth, depending on the length of the plant fibers.
After harvesting the raw material comes to the flax processing mill. After being processed on the scotching machine, there is long or short fibers are left that are considered waste material but can still be used for tough linen fabric production.
The resulted threads are compared by their technical characteristics and divided for further processing. Long threads are used for manufacturing fabric in the textile industry. Combings give a great base for furnishing material and floorings. Waste fibers not compliant with any of the standards are used in construction sphere as hemp.
Flax fibers fabric properties
Despite the diversity of the fabrics and materials that these fabrics are made of, linen fabric is still highly popular. It is explained by their characteristics and qualities. First of all, hygroscopy of the fabric should be noted: it absorbs moisture perfectly. You can avoid having a heat stroke when wearing linen clothes. This kind of fabric cools in hot days and warms in cold days. Besides, it does not accumulate static electricity which is great for your general wellbeing.
We can list the linen fabric properties for a long time, speaking nothing about its ability to tame pathogenic microorganisms. It plays the role of antiseptic agent, so it is not only eco-friendly but highly hygienic as well. Linen fabric does not cause allergy which makes it suitable for using in fabric for children, medical usage and where a higher level of sterility is a must. All clothes that contain threads of this plant have a long service life are easy to be maintained and worn. Linen clothes do not become yellow and get only whiter with time and bleaching.
The worst disadvantage of the flax fabric is the fact that it is hard to be ironed after washing. However, this process can be made easier by ironing lightly-wet clothes or using an iron with steaming function. Linen clothes are better kept on hangers than folded – it will prolong their quality and life.