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Linen is a natural fibre made from the flax plant. For linen fabric, the long fibers of the flax plant are used. These fibers are very strong, very durable, but not very elastic. Good to know, linen is not a fabric but a material.
Linen fibers are very sturdy and strong. Since the fibers are not elastic, linen is not very suitable for complex weaving techniques. Therefore, mostly a simple weaving technique will be used such as the plain weave. Logically, the plain weave is also called the linen weave.
What is the difference between linen and cotton?
First of all, they are different fibers. Linen and cotton fabrics are woven with different natural fibers. Compared to linen, cotton is a lot thicker and heavier. Therefore, clothing made of cotton is warmer than clothing made of linen. The much lighter linen is a lot stronger compared to cotton. Linen is a more exclusive fabric as it is more difficult to spin.
Features of linen fabric
- Sustainable and environmentally friendly
- Absorbent, quick-drying