Why linen?

Why linen?
January 10, 2018 stitchandsaga

Traditionally when we think of bed sheets we probably think about cotton, purely because it is so common, the process here is similar to the one that makes us say „Kleenex” instead of a napkin.

Silk replaces cotton in the visualization of the „I won at life” scenario and also comes with complimentary champagne for breakfast.

No one really thinks about polyester sheets, those happen purely by accident when you are not paying attention.

But did you ever consider the curious fact that another name for sheets is „linens“? Yes, the very name gives you a hint as to which fabric should be used for that. The reason for that could be the mind blowing benefits of linen that it provides or purely keeping up the good old tradition.

Obviously the reason behind the name is the fact that linen textiles are some of the oldest in the world, their history going back thousands of years. The original fabric, if you may…

And when you really think about it, aren’t bed sheets the corner stone of civilization? The upgrade from a furry lair to a bed smartly dressed in crisp linens? Unsurprisingly bed linen was widely evolved in Egypt. There linen was seen as a symbol of light and purity as well as prosperity. Think about it, Nefertiti may have bathed in milk, but she slept in linen. Pharaohs were buried wrapped in it. Who‘s luxurious now?