Linen; an array of choice!

It is no surprise to us as to why linen fabric is incredibly popular in the dress-making industry despite its tendency to crease easily. The versatility the fabric lends has multitude of different weights and textures for you to choose from, each suitable for different sewing projects. Whether it’s a formal event, corporate party or just a casual look- linen works for every occasion, especially when the warmer days get hotter.

We at Zebein treat linen like the king of fabrics and therefore we have put together this blog to highlight the characteristics of this linen and the many types you can typically use it. But before that we would like to inspire you with linens long forgotten history that dates back to 30,000 years.

Linen as we know it now was discovered in cave in the Republic of Georgia which was filled with flax fibres. Some say it was mass produced in Egypt 4,000 years ago and the process eventually made its way to Europe in later centuries. It only makes sense now why linen never goes out of style and fashion and enjoys huge popularity thought the sewing community across globe.

However, before digging into the various types, you must know the properties of this timeless fabric. Let’s take a thorough look at it the points below:

As we have already mentioned, linen has excellent absorbency and quick-drying characteristics, just to name a few sought-after traits, but what other properties does linen have?


Unlike cotton, linen is known for its robust resilience due to fibrous nature of flax plant which explains its incredible long-lasting ability. Even after several vigorous wash at hot and cold temperatures it only leaves your skin feeling soft and breezy. The natural durability of the material makes it worth investing for a lifetime.


When summer becomes unforgiving, it becomes inevitable to choose comfort over vanity. Linen is a choice like no other because it retains your style quotient along with tremendous comfort as it’s natural moisture absorbent which means you have sweat-free arms all day long. Linen fabric is actually known to have a light massaging effect, and is even known to have a distinct, distinguished texture and delightful softness.


What makes linen stand out from other summer fabrics is that it is highly absorbent material which eliminates moistures from your body while not making your skin sticky. It allows your skin to breathe making it a cool, pleasant experience for the wearer in any given season. It is due to the lower thread count than cotton which is preferable in warmer climates.

Easy to care for

Although every fabric needs proper care and nourishment, the process to wash linen clothes is slightly simple. The sturdiness of the material doesn’t require you to worry about the washing method, you can either safely hand wash or machine wash linen at 40 degrees centigrade without shrinking the fabric. However, we’d recommend that when it comes to bright colored linens, you can lower the temperatures to 30 degrees or upto 60 degrees for white linen fabrics.

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