The history of linen

Linen is a textile made from the fibers from the flax plant.

Due to the properties of the linen, the strength of the fabric and the fact that it dries faster than cotton, it makes it ideal to wear in hot and humid weather and is therefore widely used in traditional menswear. They also have other distinct characteristics, especially its tendency to wrinkle.

Linen textiles seem to be some of the oldest in the world; their history goes back many thousands of years. Dyed linen fibers that have been found in a cave in southeastern Europe, specifically Georgia, suggest that the use of woven linen fabrics from wild linen can go back over 30,000 years. Linen was used in ancient civilisations including Mesopotamia and ancient Egypt, and linen is mentioned in the Bible. During the 18th century and beyond, the linen industry was important in the economies of several countries in Europe as well as the American colonies.

Fabrics in linen fabric, even if they are made of cotton, hemp or other non-linen fibers, are also called loose "linen".