How to beat the sweaty heat of summer? Linen – it’s the King of Fibres when it comes to hot weather!
A Brief History.
Linen is one of the oldest textiles in the world going back thousands of years. Linen was sometimes used as a form of currency in Ancient Egypt. Egyptian mummies were wrapped in linen as a symbol of light and purity, and as a display of wealth.
Linen is a textile made from the flax plant – it is one of the more multi-talented members of the plant family. The cultivation and transformation of flax into linen is environmentally friendly requiring less irrigation, pesticides and energy than cotton and therefore is much “greener” and easier on the earth!
The Benefits of Wearing Linen…
Linen breathes naturally and offers the best comfort in high heat. Research has demonstrated that a person who wears linen sweats 1.5 times less than when wearing cotton and 2 times less than when wearing a synthetic such as rayon. Imagine how comfortable that would be for your body!
It is also extremely absorbent – it can absorb up to 20% of its weight in sweat before it even feels wet! (hello, sweaty bus rides in humid weather). It is also 3X stronger than cotton!
Linen, because of its natural fibers and production process is inherently hypo-allergenic. Wearing linen will help you avoid common allergic reactions found with other fabrics, particularly synthetics. It is also antibacterial and is the only natural fibre that is accepted internally in the human body which is why linen has been used as bandages dating way back to the Egyptians.
Linen is naturally thermo-regulating-it’s insulating in the cold, and cool and breathable when it’s warm. Linen offers strong protection against solar radiation. Great for menopausal and peri-menopausal women!
Exceptionally Long-Lasting: Linen is one of the few fabrics that actually get better with age. It becomes softer, smoother, and more lustrous. Lasting to 12 times as long as cotton, linen regularly passes from generation to generation
Wrinkles? Both cotton and linen are associated with wrinkles. Linen fibers have a natural resin called lignan. At first, the fibers are stiff and crease easily. The fabric naturally becomes smoother through wear, handling and use. It is widely accepted to have lightly wrinkled linen!
Echo Verde Clothing specializes in organic and “slow fashion” (see About Us) and linen is one of the best fabrics to help reduce our global footprint. Our garments are styled to flatter and they are also built to last a long time. Each of our pieces are garment dyed – this means the styles are sewn then dyed after – giving them a softer hand and a nice, washed coloring. Special natural enzymes are used to soften the outer feel of the linen at the same time.
Linen is perfect for all of your summer travels!!
Linen is a Boss Fabric and you should have more of it in your life.
Check out our latest and greatest linen’s below!
A great little boutique in PEI that carries our line -Eco Spirit – has a wonderful write up in PEI magazine.
Fall 2018 Collection – wow, we are just starting to ship out and get tour amazing sweaters and cozy knits up online – patience – thank you!
May 5 2018
Wow, summer came fast into our area! We hope it is warm where you are too! We just started wearing our new linens from our linen program and are loving the cool soft feel of these against our skin. No more sudden heat – linen keeps you cool and breathes! Ours is garment dyed and soft washed so you can wear and wash and throw in the dryer (and repeat!).
The secret to staying cool this summer? Our eco and organic linens!
March 1 2018
Almost all of our great styles from previous seasons are on sale – get stocked up now on beautiful lightweight merino trans-seasonal styles or pick up something from our new clearance section. New styles added weekly so stop on by!
We are in the process of uploading the spring collection – thank you for patience – and thank you for supporting eco and organic clothing!
February 14th 2018
Happy Valentines! Say it with love with one of our beautiful ponchos – in eco merino wool! Read all about them in this great blog from one of our supporters and ambassadors – Alysia at the Crunchy Canuck – she is a busy Mom and a wonderful writer!
Link here to her blog post: http://thecrunchycanuck.com/organic-clothing-echo-verde/