For centuries, Linen has been serving a vast range of necessities in our world. It is a textile derived from flax plants. The name Lenin is from Latin name for flax plant, Linum. Linens are considered one of the oldest textiles of history dating to about 8000 BC. The prime factor that made Linen stand the test of time is its longevity. Linen manufacturing is very time consuming process, nevertheless is vogue and appears extravagant and gorgeous at the end.
Although the use of linen has changed dramatically over the years, the basic element of it that never changed is its dominance in clothing industry. It is widely used in producing a numerous range of fabrics such as towels, bed sheets, tablecloths, napkins etc. It has been also extensively used in women’s apparel for ages. There has been a slight depression in demand for Linen during 1970s, but it incrementally rose to 70% by 1990s for its quality. It is now a symbol of luxury and status.
Linen keeps the heat under control for the wearer. The bed sheets made of Linen are weather conditioned – they are warm in winters and cool in summers – such is its efficiency. Pure linen that is made from natural flax fibers or 100% linen is the best material for clothing.
Linen weave made of cotton, hemp and other non-flax fibers are called as Linens too. Clothing pertaining to Bed, Bath and Kitchen favor the Linens that are united with cotton for its affordability and absorb-ability. These have a huge market in Hotels, Restaurants, Hospitals, Assisted Living Facilities, Churches, Weddings, Hospitality and Healthcare Industries. The main reason for these renowned industries to opt Linens for their services is their durability, strength, flexibility and yet being extremely comfortable for customers and for their staff to launder it. Frequently used fabrics such as Hotel Bed Sheets, Hotel towels, Hotel Linens, Restaurant Linens, Hospitality Linens, Napkins, Table Linens – all are commonly made of Linens but different types. The change in the style of weaving differentiates one linen from another.
Let us look into a few types of linens and their uses.
Mercerized – The feel of cotton and make of linen makes it dual advantage as it offers the softness of the antique fabric and durability of cotton. Even after a series of washes, it still holds the same quality making it a perfect value for money.
Damask Linen Fabric – Do you want a touch of luxury then go for Damask. Damask Linen fabric is woven in plain and satin weaves, which has an extra soft texture on the fabric that is smooth and pleasant to feel. The stand out feature of this fabric usually comes in single color – mostly blue or red or both – with very fine design on it and in reversible pattern.
Plain-Woven Linen Fabric – This is the most used fabric for cleaning glassware. It is famously called as Glass Toweling. This one is a loosely woven fabric, …