The fibre of choice for the first fleet and our grandmothers. the linen fibre processed from the flax plant has been favoured through history for household and clothing uses. one of the first instructions to the first fleet upon arrival in australia was to search for cultivation of native flax. on norfolk island, the first fleet did even produce flax fibre. durability of the linen fibre and the high density of linen fabric give it at least twice the life of cotton. this is why it was used for ships sails. our grandmothers insisted on linen for tea towels because it also absorbs moisture excellently. so in bed, linen provides every chance of having a deep and healthy sleep, with a cool feeling in the summer and warmth in the winter, providing optimum heat exchange and enhanced comfort. one of our favourite facts about linen is that it has a light massaging effect due to microscopic breaks within the fabric. apparently this favourably stimulates blood-flow and promotes relaxation. linen reduces static electricity creating a microclimate of enhanced comfort. as well as this it does not cause allergies and won’t irritate the skin. linen is a completely natural resource – perhaps the most ecologically sound fabric of all, even naturally suppressing live pathogenic microflora, bacteria and fungi. production of linen fabric uses five to twenty times less water and energy than the production of cotton or other synthetic fabrics and linen fabrics are biodegradable and recyclable. whilst only the very best fibres are used by the linen industry, no part of the flax plant is wasted; the left over linseeds, oil, straw and fibre are used in everything from lino and soap to cattlefeed and paper. few products are so efficiently used as flax. care instructions â€¨it is preferable to wash linen items that are in direct contact with skin with water. in fact, the more it is washed, the softer and brighter it becomes as the linen fibre structure reflects light. â€¨ wash preferably on the reverse side of the fabric, particularly in the case of delicate colours & embroideries. use a specific detergent for coloured items. in the case of household linen, before the first use, it is generally advised to soak in cold water for a few hours and then to wash in order to soften the fabric and enhance the colours. select a warm-water and a moderate spin-drying programme (40°c). washed by hand or machine, always rinse linen well, to prevent oxidation stains. Place delicate or fragile items inside a pillowcase before putting them in the washing machine. 100% linen shrinks about 7 % in the first wash. linen can be dried in various ways: line-dried, in the dryer (only if recommended) or wrapped in towel. ironing while still damp on the reverse side is easier and gives excellent results.
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