Do you know your linen?

Have you ever wondered that there is always something new when it comes to owls and dolphins? There always seems to be a new fact popping up. Likewise, there is always something new when it comes to ‘Linen’. Here are these 12 mind-blowing facts on linen that you wish you knew earlier. 

  • Being one of the world’s oldest fabric, it goes way back to 4500 B.C where mummies were wrapped in linen shrouds. 
  • They are considered to be one of the fabrics that have greater longevity as they get stronger with every wash as the flax content in the fiber gets harder. 
  • Apart from being used as a textile fabric, it was also used as a commodity or currency between emperors, landlords, and even common peasants in the early 17th century. 
  • In the early 1500’s, Gabrielle Falloppio had invented condoms that were made out of linen. He had linen sheaths soaked in a chemical solution that was dried before use. Casanova, the famous 18th century Lothario was known for using linen condoms.
  • Paper for the US dollar is 25%linen and 75%cotton. It is specially made for the Bureau of Engraving and Printing and possession of the blank paper by outsiders is a federal crime.
  • Linen is virtually lint-free, non-static, non-allergenic, naturally insect-repellent, and gives UV protection.
  • Linen fiber is totally biodegradable and recyclable as it is woven from the flax plant which is a completely natural product.
  • Linen can absorb up to 20% of its own weight in moisture while still feeling dry to the touch.
  • The word “lingerie” is taken directly from the language French. The original form derives from the old French word linge, meaning ‘linen’.
  • Linen is extracted from flax seeds. Flax as a plant is a self-pollinating crop.
  • While 90% of European linen is destined for the textile market (clothing, household linens, and furniture), 10% is currently dedicated to technical opportunities like automobile parts, sports equipment, eco-construction, stationery, and even surgical items.
  • The famous Wright brothers used Irish linen for their aircraft frame. Having a non-flammable and battling humidity as a key trait, it played an important role in enduring extreme weather conditions. Eventually, engineers and designers came up with other alternatives post WW2.

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