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Living in Linen

 

To live in linen, to wear a linen garment and surround oneself by linen at home, in the life, is a privilege.

Linen is a pleasant natural material, of beauty and lustre.

 

Linen is a material with deep roots in our culture.

It was used long before cotton got its breakthrough. It was especially used for the clothing worn closest to the body.

 

Text of washing and care of linen. (Printable pdf)

 

Washing and care - Christening robes or other linen clothings

 
A christening robe is often a beautiful little dress and has lot of emotions bound to it. Maybe was it in the family for generations, maybe not, but nevertheless is it what the sweet little baby will wear an important day of life.
Face it, it will be dirty, but that should not be bad. A textile shall be washable.

A garment in cotton or linen can be washed in 60 °C, or even 90°C, but a garment is more than its material. It may be that the construction of the garment, the details and sewing makes it best to recommend washing in a lower temperature and milder way. It may be good to put the garment into a washing bag, a pillow case or something to spare the garment. The washing then will not tear the seams so badly. Follow the washing instructions in the garment, it there are some.

Small children often drool a bit or have milk in the mouth. If possible, take milk spots out of the dress as soon as possible, using cold water. Milk contains protein and it will coagulate if warmed, (as boiling eggs) so it is a good idea to wash it out cold and not get yellow spots on the material.
The robe often has pink or blue satin belts. Those belts, if of good quality, shall be possible to wash in 40-60 degrees C. But please look up! Do not let the child eat on the belts. In that temperature the belts may lose colour. Often spots on the garment are removable by usual washing. If not, try to prepare the spots before washing by smoothen washing powder at them, or spot-remove-liquid.

If the garment is all white, the possibility of bleaching the garment exists, as a last step.

A linen garment is good to soak before washing. Maybe there is a washing program excluding centrifuging, that can be used? The soaking is to give the linen fibres a chance to swell and do not get permanent lasting wrinkles. Centrifuging has to be very mildly or not at all, of the same reason. This is most important concerning coloured linen fabric, all linen that are not all white. The wrinkles are white, and are not visible at white fabric like they are at coloured fabric.

Iron linen at a moisture fabric and at warm temperature. If the fabric is very creased, moisture the dress, and put it in a plastic bag over night. The moisture will spread well into the entire dress, and swell the fibres and the ironing will be much easier.


About linen

 

Linen - timeless fashion

Linen is a lovely material. It is again more popular to clothing and home furnishing. Lyst is using it as a favourite to christenings robes. Below some text and facts of linen, from different point of views.

The Flax /Linen fibre

Linen is counted to the group nature fibres and the subgroup vegetables. The fibres are extracted from the stem and are built of cellulose. The fibres, “lintågorna”.have a lenth of 20-70 cm.  To extract the fibres several time consuming processes are gone through, as harvest, (skördning, repning) rotting (rötning), drying (torkning), clubbing (klubbing) and combing (skäktning). After that it is possible to spin a tread from it.

Linen characteristics

The Linen fibre is straight, quite stiff and has lustre. Its smooth surface makes dirt not hang on to it very well. Linen has a good ability to keep moisture and is stronger wet than dry. Linen has not as good strength to abrasion as cotton. It also can wrinkle more than cotton. But it is very pleasant to wear and is not as hard to nature growing and producing as cotton. 

Linen and time

In Europe finds of prehistoric linen weft are found, from 2000 b. c. Linen was used to clothes and home furnishing, and was a measure of status. Linen making takes a long time and many steps, and it was mainly women’s work.


In Scandinavia the best quality of linen has come from the areas of Ljusdal, Hälsingland, centre of linen in Sweden. Nowadays the import and cotton have become serious competitors, and the Swedish flax and linen does almost not exist.

Linen productions have been maintained by handicraft associations and still are. They have managed our rich tradition of linen, textile, weft and embroidery for churches as well as worldly purpose. New times come, and new influences. The fashion industry again takes linen in production, as a modern material. A new generation is going to discover linen and its pleasant and beautiful quality.

Linen fits perfect in the thought of a sustainable fashion. Linen is not as I tanken om ett hållbart mode passar linet utmärkt in. Linen is not as hard to the nature growing and producing as conventional cotton. The very best is of course organic grown and produced materials, and compared by social commitments to secure safety and salaries to live on.

 

The association of Nature Protection

At the site http://www.naturskyddsforeningen.se/nyheter/hitta-din-egen-smarta-och-personliga-stil#googtrans/en are tips given how to dress more sustainable and also thoughts about materials. We need to use more different future friendly materials, to complement to the cotton, now dominating.

 

More material is needed”

As consumers we can demand organic cotton, but it will not be enough. We simply have to use less cotton and use more materials, such as hemp mostly grown without chemical pesticides and fertilizers. Also flax and Swedish wool are materials that are better for the environment than conventionally grown cotton. 

Slow Fashion - fewer but better pieces” 

Is for fashionistas what slow food is for gourmets - an approach to clothing that prioritize fewer, finer garments of higher quality with less environmental impact, and preferably with an interesting and unique design. It's about fashion must be long term. Only then can we create a clothing industry that is sustainable for real.



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