This will be the first post in our series on Fiber Profiles. Get to know your fabrics, one great thread at a time!

Made from the fibers of the flax plant, and otherwise known as Linum usitatissimum, linen is an ancient fabric, prized for its durability, absorbency and hygienic properties.

While linen is often touted as an excellent fabric for keeping cool during the summer, it also makes an ideal fabric for autumn. Because the fibers of flax plant are hollow, linen makes a great insulator against the chill.

Smooth, and a great heat conductor, it’s one of the strongest fibers, and feels cool to the touch. Linen typically has a crisp and textured feel to it, and the more linen is washed, the softer it becomes. However, as linen fibers have a very low elasticity, be careful with creasing the garment or ironing frequently, as the fabric will eventually break if stressed enough. A resilient fabric, it resists moths, carpet beetles, dirt, and stains; and, it can be machine washed, dry cleaned, or steamed.

It is very easy to care for if you develop a love of the wrinkled look. Wrinkling is considered part of linen’s charm. One of the characteristics of any natural fiber, it’s a classy-casual look that grows on you. If others point out the wrinkles to you, you can say, “Yes, but it’s linen.” It’s like a permission slip to not iron. You’re welcome.

If you don’t want to look charming that day, here is a brief tutorial on how to de-wrinkle your linen (though we do not guarantee your success).
www.ehow.com/how_5711273_stop-linen-wrinkles.html

Here are some of our favorite linen garments, now in stock! Hurry before they’re gone:

Zipped Hoodie in Black (pictured above).

Inverted Pleat Shirt in Moroccan Blue (pictured above).

Quilted Bolero Dress in Eggplant (pictured above).

Linen Iman Jilbab in Folkstone Gray (pictured above).

Embroidered Saigon Dress in Black (pictured above).