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Linen is one of the oldest known and most sustainable textiles in the world, dating back to prehistoric times. Aside from being one of the strongest natural fibers in existence, it is also completely recyclable, biodegradable, zero-waste and the fabric we use is carbon neutral. 

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What is linen made from?

Flax, which some regard as the ‘cactus of all textile plants’. Flax is a little blue, resilient flower that loves dry soil and grows on small areas of land (meaning it doesn’t compromise growing food). It doesn’t require much irrigation, as it happily grows with rainwater and without the need for pesticides or fertilizers. To put things into perspective, growing 1kg of non-organic cotton requires approx. 11,000 litres of water, making linen a much ‘greener’ fabric.

World’s oldest woven garment? Made from linen

Linen is one of the oldest textiles in the world. Fragments over 36,000 years old were discovered in prehistoric caves in Georgia. It has a rich history, from being used as a currency in Ancient Egypt to being turned into armors in Ancient Greece. The world’s oldest woven garment is the linen Tarkhan Dress, which was discovered in an Egyptian tomb in 1913. It was radiocarbon-dated at over 5,000 years old.

How is PANGAIA linen cultivated?

The Linen we selected for this collection was cultivated by a group of organic farmers in France. These farmers have been cultivating organic flax successfully for over 10 years, using traditional techniques. It is also GOTS certified, which guarantees it was produced in highly environmentally and socially responsible conditions.

How is linen a zero-waste material?

There is no waste because all sections of the plant can be used. Linen is 100% biodegradable or recyclable. Flax seeds are very high in omega-3 fatty acids which is great for human and animal health. These seeds can also be squeezed to create Linseed oil or ground into a fine flour. This oil is used as an ingredient in paints, cosmetics, soil coverings and more. The leftover wooden and flax fibers unsuitable for textiles are used in heat insulation, horticulture compost or eco construction. The excess fibers can then be used in fiber boards, bank notes and more.

What’s so great about linen?

• Thermo-regulating: Linen is naturally thermo-regulating, meaning It will keep you cool when it’s warm and warm when it’s cool.

• Highly absorbent: Linen is hygroscopic, meaning it rapidly absorbs moisture. It can actually absorb up to 20% of its own weight in water before it even feels wet.

• Antibacterial: Linen is considered one of the ‘purest’ fabrics available in the world. It is the only natural fiber that is accepted in the human body, which is why it has been used as bandages dating back to the Egyptians.

• Breathable: Linen breathes naturally, offering superior comfort, especially in warmer climates.

• Durable & Long-lasting: Linen is known to be up to 3x as strong as cotton. It is exceptionally long-lasting as it improves with use, becoming softer over time.

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