14 July 2009


Linen is one of the oldest fabrics in recorded history. 4000 years ago, it provided the basis for one of the earliest industries. Linen wrapping was used for the wrapping of mummies in Ancient Egypt. Those in which Pharaoh Ramesses II , was wrapped upon his death in 1213 BC, remained in a state of perfect preseravation for more than 3000 years.

It is lightweight and airy (and inconveniently, sure to wrinkle in the heat!), making a perfect fabric for summer fashions. It is the strongest of the vegetable fibres (spun from flax fibre), and is naturally durable and stain-resistant. This makes it perfect for table linens. Despite its strength, it is also naturally soft and smooth, which at one time made it a valuable lingerie and bedlinen fabric.

With an endless amount of uses, linen continues to be a coveted material for myriad uses. It is found today in uses both practical and whimsical.

Linen is naturally moisture wicking which makes it perfect for drying off after a long bath, using perhaps these towels from etsy seller, LinenMe.

Because of its absorbancy, linen is also a natural choice for coasters. These beautifully embroidered ones will act perfectly to wick away the condensation trickling down the side of an icy drink on a hot day. These are from the etsy shop, madamehoux.

For the fashionable among us, this dress by modaspia on etsy, is perfect for hot summer weather. I also love its neutral colour which allows the wearer to dress it up or down with any variety of accessories.

Speaking of accessories, how about this gorgeous pouch by Laura Bucci.

Or, this adorable scarf by winkhandmade.

Finally, if you just need a little whimsy in your life, linen can also be called into duty for this purpose as well. Why, just look at this wonderful little stuffed fox from birdandlittlebird.

There are so many more wonderful uses for this versatile fabric. I have barely scratched the surface here, but I have highlighted a few more beautiful items in my current etsy treasury.

If you have favorite uses for linen, or fond memories of a linen item, please feel free to share them here.


Audrey said...

Love the coasters!! Really nice article - love your choices of shops to feature.

Clean & Bright Soaps and Candles said...

I have that very clutch from Laura Bucci :) I love it and carry it everywhere!

Laura Bucci Handmade said...

Love that linen towel and dress! Wonderful! Nice article pointing out the features of linen!