Linen is a plant-based textile made from the stalks of the flax plant.
The short fibres of linen are used for spinning coarse yarns, while the longest fibres are made into the finest linen yarns.
Linen has the following positive qualities:
- It is strong
- It is comfortable
- It breathes
- It absorbs moisture
That’s why we often use linen in the Sandwich spring and summer collections. This mainly concerns fabrics that are 100% linen, but linen is also used in combination with other fibres. Linen is easy to dye. A dyeing technique that Sandwich frequently employs on linen is garment dye, where the entire finished garment is dyed in one process.
Linen can be machine washed without a problem. But remember that many detergents contain optical brighteners, which makes them suitable only for white or uncoloured linen. These detergents are therefore unsuitable for dyed linen because they can cause loss of colour and stains. If a linen garment comes in contrasting colours or a print, the colours could potentially bleed during washing. Use liquid detergent sparingly and add 1 dl of white vinegar, which will help to stabilize the colours. When hand washing a garment it should never be left to soak in water.
Carefully pat the linen garment into shape before you let it dry. Don’t dry the garment in the clothes dryer, since this may cause shrinkage. Never hang a linen garment in direct (sun)light.
Iron linen while it’s slightly damp with the iron on the highest setting. Ironing can be done in two ways: linen can be ironed on the outside, which will emphasize the fabric’s natural gloss. By ironing the garment inside out the fabric’s appearance will be more neutral and natural.