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                                                          Linen – a fabric for all seasons

If there is one fabric better than cotton to beat the heat, it is linen. Made from flax fibres, long staple linen fabrics are not only soft, smooth and absorbent, they keep the body cool and comfortable throughout the day; much better than any other fabric. Fashion designers have perceived its wonderful qualities and envisaged its many possibilities as a trendy and vividly patterned line of apparel that would please the market.

The endearing qualities of Linen

In new-feel designs and with its soft and smooth texture, the lustre and feel of linen fabrics make it a great choice as all-day wear, both for the working woman and housewife alike. Added to these are endearing qualities like strength, resistance to abrasion and durability. Linen as a fabric has the ability to take on a whole lot of colors, shades and textures, thereby expanding its variety and opening it up to a wide range in price and availability.

Pure Linen fabric, a woman’s best friend in hot weather and sultry conditions for its natural absorbent quality, allows the skin to breathe and facilitates free circulation of air because of its non-sticky nature. Besides the external look being one of charm and trendiness that it provides, linen has been a favourite with current day designers, for the endearing qualities of this pattern clothing, to include it in their fabric repertoire. Linen cloth has different textures available with a range from extremely fine to lightly coarse for a variety of different clothing and other fabric end uses.

Creating the Linen fabric

Made from flax fibre, which undergoes a complete process from plant rotting to yarn spinning together with finishing it involves a cycle that could take a couple of months, but definitely one worth the hassle. Linen fabric has gained huge popularity over the period of time being well-known for its durability and strength.

Maintenance

Maintenance of a fabric is what most people seek after the initial buy. In the case of linen, it gets to be as easy as it can get. With resistance to dirt and stains, no pilling tendency, one that can be dry-cleaned, machine washed or steamed, with a high withstanding capacity to temperature and only moderate shrinkage initially, it is somewhat like a dream fabric that carries almost zero maintenance.

Other virtues of this fabric are its smooth lint-free texture, not being affected much by heat and sunlight compared to cotton and other fabrics, excellent resistance to strong alkalis, hardly affected by low density acids if precaution of washing immediately is taken. Linen as pattern clothing makes you feel fresh for its non-sticky character and dress material may be tailored without any trouble. It also has the amazing tendency to get softer with every subsequent wash.

Looking good in Linen

Every fabric, be it cotton, silk or any other has a tendency to absorb moisture but linen hardly has a tendency to ‘wetness’ and ‘cling’. It absorbs moisture to a great extent without making the wearer feel unpleasant. The ‘wrinkle’ of linen, is one of its ‘like-abilities’ and nowadays linen garments air-dried on a good clothes hanger and worn without the necessity of ironing, has become a trend. "Slubs", or small knots that occur randomly along its length, were at one time considered as defects. Today they are seen as a form of design, particularly in the decorative furnishing industry as a means of creating aesthetic appeal of an expensive natural product. Some of the finest linen fabrics have very consistent diameter threads, with no slubs at all.

Putting Linen to good use

What are the uses that linen as a fabric could be put up to? Well the list is long and varied. You have formal and designer clothing, dresses, suits, separates, skirts, jackets, pants, blouses, shirts, children’s wear etc. as apparel. Linen clothing is good for any time of the year. Others include home uses such as curtains, draperies, upholstery, bedspreads, pillow covers, bed linens, runners, chair covers table linens, sheets, dish towels, aprons, bags, towels (swimming, bath, beach, body and wash towels), napkins, etc.

The Making of Linen

Linen is a material made from the fibers of the flax plant (Linum usitatissimum), one of the oldest cultivated plants in human history. The natural linen color ranges between shades of ivory, ecru, tan, or grey with pure white linen being created by heavy bleaching. Long staples provide soft weaves and the short ones provide coarse. Linen is a very durable, strong fabric, one of the few that are stronger wet than dry.

Care regarding linen

Every flip has its mild flop as in the case of Linen. While Linen has poor elasticity and does not spring back readily, explaining the naturally formed wrinkles, some of the more formal garments require ironing often. But if the wrinkles are viewed as an interesting form of appearance like trendy fashion in the less formal clothes they can be left as they are. Constant creasing in the same place in sharp folds tend to break the linen threads as visible in collars, hems, and any area that is iron creased during laundering. Linen is so much easier to iron when damp. Mildew, perspiration, and bleach could damage the fabric.

Unnati Silks & Linen Fashion

There is a whole range of linen sarees at Unnati Silks. You have pure handloom linen, Bhagalpuri linen silk, pure Ghicha soft linen, pure Khadi soft linen, Linen Shibori Leheriya sarees with self color weaving, colourful borders and patli pallus, in dual color half half

sarees, and a host of other variations to make them appear vivid and vibrant. Linen is fascinating, and has an appreciative Indian market for pure handloom Linen sarees, it augurs well for the fabric and fabric lovers for promising weaves like linen salwar kameez, kurtas, kurtis and other Indian ethnic apparel to follow.

Buying online and getting the Unnati advantage

Unnati silks, largest ethnic online Indian shop offers exquisite designer Andhra Handloom sarees with matching blouse for sale. The Online shopping store has the widest range of ethnic Indian Saris online and Salwar Kameez online. At Unnati Silks, you can buy online unique, fancy, exclusive collection of Traditional, Wedding, bridal attire, stylish, party, trendy fashion, formal, corporate, office, daily casual saris in pure silk sarees, pure cotton sarees, sico, art silk georgette, chiffon, dupion, tussar, organza, crepe, gicha, jute and other fabric varieties at attractive prices. You can purchase andhra handloom pure coitton sarees online at Unnati silks and the products will be dispatched within 24 working hours of placing the order. We have free shipping and Cash on Delivery (COD) facility for Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Ernakulam, Lucknow, Jaipur, Patna, Bhubaneshwar, Chandigarh and many other Indian cities. We also do Worldwide express shipping to countries like UK in cities like London, Leicester, Canada in cities like Ottawa, Quebec, USA in cities like New York, Washington, Los Angeles, Fiji, Australia, New Zealand, Philippines, South Africa, Seychelles, Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago, Suriname, Bahrain, UAE, Qatar, Oman, Dubai, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Singapore, Myanmar, Mauritius, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Maldives, and Bhutan, Grenada, Jamaica, Saint Lucia and many more.