LINEN: how much nature is High Tech.
Linen is a totally natural fiber, but its qualities have much in common with the most recent technical materials, to the point that it could be described as naturally high tech. Linen is a must for summer clothes for several reasons: the fiber itself has a microstructure that favors thermal conduction and therefore dissipation of body heat in favor of freshness. In addition, linen is certainly a stronger fabric than any silk or cotton.
LINEN: ecological by nature.
Linen is more resistant than other fabrics thanks to the length of the fibers and, if treated correctly, it can not only resist for decades but also improve over time because the initially rigid hand gradually decreases. It is free from static electricity and pilling problems, it is hypoallergenic, recyclable and biodegradable. Its cultivation is far far more environmentally friendly than cotton.
LINEN: a story as long as man.
Linen is produced from the flax plant (Linum usitatissimum), whose stem is rolled to separate the fibers that are spun and sorted in different yarn qualities for regularity fineness and heaviness. It was the first fiber used by man for fabrics, making its first appearance in Mediterranean civilizations and, later, in northern European countries. A linen headdress dating back to the Neolithic, dated around 6500 BC and coming from the cave of Nahal Hemar in Israel, it is one of the oldest existing artifacts in the world; while a linen shirt displayed at the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archeology of the University College of London, built in 3000 BC was decreed as the oldest woven garment in the world. During the centuries of the ancient Roman Empire, Europeans used to wear linen tunics under their woolen robes. For this reason the word "linen" was associated with underwear. In fact, the French term "lingerie" comes from the French word linen, "lingin". It was not until the eighteenth century that linen began to give way to cotton fiber, which is cheaper above all thanks to the introduction of spinning machines and because of the large quantities of cotton available from North America. The linen inevitably becomes limited to real and court uses, however referable to a limited and luxurious use. Normandy and Belgium were and are generally considered the privileged places for the cultivation of flax, while the best textures and spinning were and are in Italy.
Linen is for the tailor what marble is for the sculptor: the most noble material to work with.