I do love to work with natural fabric.  And Linen is my all time favourite. I am in love with its practical unassuming beauty. So this week, I thought I would share some quirky facts about this fabric so you can impress all your linen-loving friends. I bet they didn’t know their favourite dress has an 8000-year legacy!


A Few Quirky Facts About My Favourite Fabric


Fact 1: The oldest dress in the world was made with Linen

You all may be aware of my obsession with old things by now.  So it is no wonder why I love this fabric.

Tarkhan dress is the ultimate in olden things.  It was discovered amongst a pile of linen excavated from a Dynasty 1 (c. 2800 BC) tomb in 1913.  The dress had shown distinct signs it had been worn as well.  How I wonder by whom and for what!

Want the look?  We’ve got a Linen Shirt Dress in store that’s a tad more ‘complete’.


tarkhan dress linen blake and taylor

 Fact 2: Linen has preserved the legacy of humanity

Dating as far back as 4500BC, mummies ar found wrapped in shrouds made from linen.  The fabric works so well for this likely because it is resistant to fungus and bacteria.  How amazing is it that we can discover so much about our human ancestors?  Thanks to a fabric that is still popular today!


Fact 3: All linen is green!

Linen is totally biodegradable and recyclable.  Mother Earth loves this fabric choice, every time.


Fact 4: What contemporary super food’s fibrous stalks are used to make linen?

Answer?  It’s flax!  This plant provides us with only great things for millennia.  Next time you see a field full of flax, feel free to whisper your gratitude.


flax plant

Flax plant (Left), Green harvested flax plant (Right)


Blake and Taylor DIY Fabric Linen Made from FlaxFlax to Linen (Left),  Linens (Right)


Fact 5: What’s in a name?

Given the previous fact, it’s no wonder where the word ‘linen’ got its name.  It is derived from the Latin word “linum” which means “Flax.”


Fact 6: Linen is just plain amazing

The fabric’s cloth feels fresh and cool, right?  That is because it can absorb up to 20% of its own weight in moisture while still feeling dry to the touch.  When you wear a piece of linen clothing or sleep in linen sheets, it contacts your skin the nodes along the length of the fibres.  These absorb the perspiration.  Then they swell and release the moisture to the outside air.  Hence, it creates a fabric that is self-cooled because of evaporation.

Linen is also virtually lint free, non-static, non-allergenic and naturally insect-repellent.  In addition, it gives UV protection.

Harvested Flax Plant Linen Fabric

Harvested Flax Plant

What a great fabric!  How could you not love it?  These great qualities are why most of my wardrobe is filled with linen clothing.

Did I miss anything?  Feel free to comment and let me know!


Ellie B&Txx