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Natural Fibers


LINEN

Linen is a material made from the fibers of the flax plant. We believe that no other type of material can be more comfortable and more satisfying than linen, for several reasons:

Highly absorbent - Can absorb and lose water rapidly, quickly removing perspiration from the skin.
Good conductor of heat - In winter it keeps the heat in; in summer it feels cool to the touch and creates a feeling of coolness and comfort.
Easy care for the long-term - Resists dirt and stains, has no lint or pilling tendency, and can be dry cleaned, machine washed or steamed. Withstands high temperatures and yields minimal initial shrinkage. Gets softer the more it is washed, and doesn't fade.
Strongest of the vegetable fibers - Has 2 to 3 times the strength of cotton, enduring up to 20 years of use.
Unique antibacterial qualities - Linen contains natural antiseptic that prevents bacterial growth. Helps kill microbes, thereby preventing fungal diseases, inflammation, and damaged skin infection.
Environmental filter - To some point protects from a chemically aggressive environment, noise, dust, radiation, gamma rays, and electromagnetic waves.
Strongest energy of all fibers - Creates a feeling of calm, concentration and depth of thought. Psychotherapists agree that linen fibers have an ability to protect a person from depression, nervous and psychotic breakdowns.

 

COTTON / Organic Cotton

Certified organic cotton is grown without the use of harmful pesticides, herbicides, or artificial fertilizers. It also is free of formaldehyde finishes.

Cotton is popular for a reason - its soft texture and breathable nature make it very wearable, and it just feels good against your skin. Additionally:

The arrangement of the cellulose gives cotton a good degree of strength, durability, and absorbency.
Unlike synthetics, it doesn't pill, emit static electricity, prematurely age, or trap perspiration.
People with allergies and chemical sensitivity especially benefit because conventional cotton may retain harmful toxic residues.

 

SILK

Silk is a natural protein fiber obtained from cocoons made by the larvae of silkworms. The prized iridescent appearance comes from the fibers' triangular prism-like structure, which allows silk cloth to refract incoming light at different angles.

Besides its luxurious softness and lustrous beauty, there are various other benefits of silk that other fabrics, whether natural or man-made, simply cannot match. Despite misconceptions about its delicacy, the following advantages have rightly earned silk its reputation as the queen of fabrics, and placed it in a league of its own:

The most hypoallergenic of all fabrics because of its natural protein structure.
An all-climate fabric - silk is warm and cozy in winter, without being bulky underneath, and comfortably cool in warmer temps. Highly absorbent: it can absorb up to 30% of its weight in moisture without feeling damp, so it absorbs perspiration while letting your skin breathe.
Relatively robust and strong - Its smooth surface resists soil and odors well; is wrinkle and tear resistant, and dries quickly. It easily competes with steel yarn in tensile strength.
Takes color well; washes easily; and is easy to work with in spinning, weaving, knitting, and sewing. Mixes well with other animal and vegetable fibers.

 

WOOL

Wool has the most absorbent fibers of all fabrics. Wool fabrics can absorb up to 30% of their weight without feeling heavy or damp. Cotton fabrics begins to feel damp after 15% of their weight gets wet. The absorbent fibers "breathe" by wicking away moisture from the body and releasing it into the air. This quality makes wool fabrics comfortable to wear in warm and cold weather.

Wool's natural insulating quality and its ability to shed water results in a fabric that keeps the body warm even in the rain.

Wool fabrics clean easily because dirt sits on the surface of the fiber. The outside surface of the wool fiber consists of a series of overlapping scales, similar to the feathers on a bird, making it easy to brush off and for stains to lift out of it.

Wool fabric doesn't collect much static because of its absorbent fibers. Static attracts lint, dirt, and dust.

Wool fabrics resist wrinkles. Wool has a natural crimp making it the most resilient fiber. You can count on wool to keep its shape.

Today in the knitting trades, "merino" generally implies an article made from the very softest wool. Unlike "traditional" wool, merino is much finer, softer, and itch-free for all but those with severe sensitivities or lanolin allergies.

The utility of the fiber itself is evident in cold-weather and high-performance applications, offering:

Superior breathability
Temperature regulation
Inherent antimicrobial properties