About Linen Linen fabric is made of natural fibers. Its fibers derive from the flax plant, also called Linum Usitatissimum. This is a Latin expression and means “most useful”. The name absolutely makes sense since linen is used for a variety of purposes such as furnishing fabrics, interior, and household textiles. The history of linen goes way back and the flax crop already exists for thousands of years. It was used by the old Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans. Linen fibers are hard to distinguish from hemp fibers since these are almost the same. Nice little fact: you can only see the difference when you make the fibers wet; linen rotates clockwise whereas hemp rotates the other way around.
Characteristics Linen fibers are very strong, soft and durable. However, hemp fibers still appear to be 8 times stronger than linen fibers. The longer you wear linen, the stronger and softer the fabric becomes. The fabric has a comfortable feel and is highly moisture absorbent. Linen has the special property that it feels cool when the temperature rises and warm when the temperature lowers. The fabric wrinkles easily and is anti-bacterial. The fabric can also be easily recycled and is biodegradable.