Produced using the fiber of the flax plant, linen is one of the oldest woven fabrics in human history. It is also one of the strongest natural fibers.
Linen fabric is an expensive fabric to create. It comes from the stalk of a flax plant. Flax is normally picked by hand to preserve the fibers’ integrity and then separated through a long and tedious process. Sometimes it is processed through cotton machines, although it usually creates a more flawed material.
Linen, by very history is a royal fabric. Purple linen was the material used for the king’s robe as well as coverings in ancient tabernacles and temples.
As difficult as it is to create and weave good linen, it is still one of the world’s most popular fabrics because of its moth-resistant, dirt repelling, and moisture wicking qualities. These qualities are why it is very popular in warmer climates such as Egypt for thousands of years.
Linen fabric is cool and absorbent, making it a popular suit choice for destination weddings. The drawback, however, is that linen wrinkles easily. Lightweight and casual, linen suits work perfectly for destination weddings in tropical climates.
Modern garments made from linen are expensive because of linen’s manufacturing and weaving process. However, the fabric readily accepts dye, so it can be manufactured in many colors. Linen is a lightweight fabric, which makes it suitable for spring and summer wear. It looks crisp, cool and neat, even on the warmest days. Most linen can also be washed in a home machine. Linen is not perfect, however. One of its worst traits is the tendency to wrinkle. Sit down in linen slacks, and horizontal creases appear across the front.
A beautiful example of linen fabric that you can use on your wedding day is a Beverly Clark bridal handkerchief 16E.