I started wearing linen long before I really understood the benefits. Living in Queensland meant that scorching summer temperatures began a search for a lightweight natural fibre that felt cool and comfortable to wear. I had a roll of lightweight white linen I'd bought for a previous decor purpose, I hadn't actually considered it useful for clothing. I was in my year of making and using what resources I already had and before I knew it I was cutting into that delicious long swag of linen to make a garment. One soon became two! Before long I had several tops, a light shift, a favourite tee, and fabric in reserves for when I wore those out.
What I didn't realise then but know now, is that my desire for a natural fibre that felt cool was soon to become a healthy obsession, that lead to what the Handmade Closet as it is today.
Let's tuck into some of the reasons I've discovered since those beginning moments.
When it comes to sustainable and comfortable clothing, linen fabric shines as a clear favourite for many people. For centuries, linen has been prized for its numerous health benefits and eco-friendly properties. At The Handmade Closet, learning more about those has made us even more passionate about crafting garments that not only make you look good but also contribute to your overall well-being.
In this blog post, we'll explore some of my favourite top reasons why linen fabric is a healthy choice for your clothing and why it's a staple in our sustainable fashion collection.
1. Breathability and Temperature Regulation:
Linen is renowned for its exceptional breathability, making it an ideal fabric for all seasons. Its natural fibers allow air to flow freely, keeping you cool in hot weather and preventing overheating. During colder months, linen acts as an insulating layer, retaining body warmth and providing a cozy feel. Say goodbye to discomfort caused by fluctuating temperatures with linen's remarkable thermoregulatory properties.
2. Hypoallergenic and Gentle on Skin:
For those with sensitive skin or allergies, linen is a true blessing. Its hypoallergenic properties make it suitable for even the most delicate skin types. Unlike synthetic fabrics, linen is free from harsh chemicals and irritants, making it a soothing and gentle option for everyday wear.
3. Antibacterial and Antimicrobial:
Linen is naturally antibacterial and antimicrobial, meaning it resists the growth of harmful bacteria and odors. This makes it an excellent choice for garments that come into direct contact with your skin, providing a fresh and clean feeling throughout the day.
4. Absorbent and Quick-Drying:
One of the most remarkable qualities of linen is its high absorbency. It can absorb up to 20% of its weight in moisture without feeling damp or uncomfortable. This feature makes linen an excellent choice for summer clothing, as it wicks away sweat and keeps you feeling dry. Furthermore, linen dries quickly, reducing the risk of bacterial growth and unpleasant odors.
5. UV Protection:
Linen's dense weave offers a natural defense against harmful UV rays, providing you with added sun protection when spending time outdoors. Keep your skin safe from the sun's harmful effects while enjoying the comfort and style of your linen garments.
6. Environmentally Friendly:
Not only is linen good for your health, but it's also a sustainable and eco-friendly choice. Linen is derived from the flax plant, which requires minimal water and pesticides to grow, making it a renewable and low-impact fiber. Additionally, flax plants are biodegradable, contributing to the reduction of textile waste.
Choosing linen fabric for your clothing not only elevates your style with a traditional classic fabric, it also benefits your health and the environment. How amazing is that! At The Handmade Closet, we take pride in crafting garments that prioritize your well-being while upholding our commitment to the needed shift to sustainable clothing in a world where mass production, using cheap 'plastic' man made fibres drives a fashion focused world. Embrace the health benefits of linen and experience the joy of dressing consciously, comfortably, and stylishly, knowing you are supporting a business with ethical making of quality clothing in its veins.
Pop on over to the made to order shop to discover our collection of linen garments that can be customised for fit for you. Check out the ready to go shop, the perfect garment might await you. We hope you'll be adding this incredible fabric to your wardrobe in the near future!