Linen is part of French heritage. I cannot imagine a chiffon wardrobe without linen tableware, bed sheets, towels and napkins... Nowadays, the intricate embroideries our grandmothers used to saw patiently may have disappeared but linen is still a must in any French household. It may sound a bit luxurious, yet has always been part of French living...
So, we are Introducing Flax... and welcoming linen on French Bliss...
Did you know these facts?
# The ultimate earth Friendly plant is Flax
Flax, the plant from which linen is made, is extremely versatile. Every part of the flax plant has traditionally been used to create a worthwhile product—nothing is wasted, and production is cost effective. A common by-product of flax is linseed oil, which is great for wood preservation and flaxseed oil is also rich in omega 3!
# Linen is a versatile fabric
Linen is used in a variety of ways, its sturdiness making it ideal for upholstery and industrial products. Curtains, tablecloths, bed sheets, and tea towels are all common linen items found in the home.
# Linen is an eco-friendly fabric that stands the test of time!
Linen is one of the most biodegradable and stylish fabrics in fashion history. It is strong, naturally moth resistant, and made from flax plant fibres, so it is fully biodegradable. Its natural colours include ivory, ecru, tan, and grey.
Linen can withstand high temperatures—making the fabric generally perfect for raiding the jungle or lounging on a tropical island. It absorbs moisture without holding bacteria. In fact, it is actually stronger when wet than dry and becomes softer and more pliable the more it is washed. It just gets better and better!
# Linen is older than you think
All these characteristics have lead many European cultures to form traditions of handing down linen bed sheets as heirlooms. Unlike cotton, linen that’s been well cared for can last for up to three decades! It’s one of the oldest fibres known, dating back to 8000BC.
# Flax is the plant you use entirely
With the linen plant Linum usitatissimum, nothing is wasted... the fibre from its stems is used to make linen cloth while linseed oil is derivated from its seeds. Paint and varnish industries use linseed oil a lot but it is also a healthy natural oil rich in Protein, Omega-3 essential fatty acid and alpha-linolenic acid! Linen also finds its way into remedies... Certainly one of the best plants to grow!
And for those we like French culture, read the classic novel 'Nana' by Emile Zola, you will discover a fair bit about this ultimate fabric : )
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