During these hotter months in the northern hemisphere, we want to get out there and enjoy the sun as much as possible. We know why, because come fall and winter time, the cold weather is back which can be a nasty surprise. Though I love both seasons for different reasons, I want to make the most of the hot weather while it lasts. And there’s no better way to enjoy it more than when you’re wearing the best fabrics for the job.
I’m going to go through my favorite things about linen, and why I love to wear it in the summer.
The composition of linen fabric is fascinating. Linen fibers are extracted from a plant called the Flax plant. These fibers are spun into threads, becoming the basis for our linen garments. It’s properties include its ability to absorb moisture, which is perfect on hot summer days. Since we sweat more in hot weather, the linen will absorb the sweat, and then let the moisture evaporate quickly off the material.
So what you get is a very dry piece of clothing, and I love this because it means I don’t get any sweat marks!
Have you ever felt linen fabric? Well, you’ll find that it’s pretty strong. This is because those extracted plant fibers are made up of a particularly strong kind of sugar. No, it’s not the sugar that you eat with your donuts, but the very same basic building blocks make them.
Anyway, the kind of sugar it contains is a substance called Cellulose. Now, if you’re a bit of a biology nerd like me, then you’ll know that cellulose is a complex type of sugar that are found in all plant types. It enables them to stand up on their own, by supporting the stems and giving the leaves a strong structure.
And these properties don’t end once the flax fibers are extracted, because they make the fabric so brilliantly strong. This helps linen to last for years on end in your closet.
It’s Natural and Eco-Friendly
The best thing about this fabric is how it is all in all a good egg. It comes into this world as a plant, and once obtained and turned into clothes, it can last you a lifetime. Now if something were to happen to it, say it damages to a point of being irreparable, that’s sad but not a problem.
Because it’s a natural material, it is an eco-friendly fabric that is biodegradable. What that means is that if it’s put into landfill by some chance, it will break down and destroy itself completely within a matter of weeks in the right conditions! That’s amazingly quick! And you’re not going to find any nasty chemicals leaking back into nature either if the linen is fairly pure.
So those are a few reasons why I really love linen. It’s a great, versatile fabric that has been used for more than just our clothes for thousands of years, and I can see why this is.