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5 interesting Facts About Linen

05.23.2009 · Posted in Shopping and Fashion

The word linen has its source from a general phrase ‘linium’. One of the world’s oldest fabrics, linen is manufactured from the fibres of the flax plant, which is a totally natural resource. Linen as a fabric has a history that goes back numerous thousands of years. Fragments of straw, seeds, fibres, yarn, and cloth about 8000 B.C.E. ago have been found in Swiss lake dwellings. Plutarch explains concerning the cause behind the employment of the flax plant; having blue coloured flowers, in the making of the material by Egyptians, implied that “the universe itself is surrounded with the ethereal blue of the sky.”nnLinen is an exceptional filter and it guards against chemically reactive mediums. It seriously cuts down the gamma radiations almost to half, resulting in the security of human beings against solar radiations. Linen is exceedingly hygroscopic, as it is capable to swiftly take in and give up wetness. Before giving ‘wet’ feeling, linen cloth can **** up as much as 20% of its dry weight. nnIt is medically proven that linen reduces bacteriological properties. Because it is opposed to fungus and bacteria, it is found to be an effectual fence to some illnesses. It is also effectual in the healing of allergies, and helps in inflammatory conditions and in the handling of some neurological illnesses. According to medical studies, it helps to get rid of quite a few skin illnesses, from bedsores and normal rashes to chronic eczema.nnLinen possesses high air permeability and heat conductivity properties. Linen stuff does not amass static electricity. It conducts warmth five times more than wool and nineteen times more than silk. In hot conditions, it is found to cut the skin temperature three degrees Celsius more than other fabrics. According to a few studies, it usefully cuts down the perspiration time of a person 1.5 times more than cotton clothes, and twice more than viscose clothes. Meanwhile, in cold weather, linen works contrariwise and retains warmness entirely.nnIn prehistoric Egypt, linen was exploited as currency. Because of the strength of linen, paper made of it is commonly exceptionally strong; because of this basis the United States and several other states use 25% linen in their money.nnLinen is made of flax, therefore has the quality of being opposed to rot. Mummies of Egyptian Pharaohs preserved to the current day are wrapped in the best linen shrouds, found in Pyramids dating back to more than 5,000 B.C. furthermore, Egyptian priests put on linen, which represented purity and reality. nnOne more significant truth associated with linen is that one of the most famous manuscripts, ‘The Linen Book’ by primordial Etruscans, was written on linen during the 7th century B.C. Moreover, Liber Linteus is the single surviving volume prepared from linen.nnLinen fabric is one of the preferred conventional supports for oil paintings. In Europe it is the only fabric support available in art shops. Linen is preferred to cotton for its strength, which is 2 to 3 times more than cotton, durability and archival integrity. In ancient times, it was also used as canvas in painting.

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