As soon as the sun is burning, we feel the need to protect our skin. Even better, if we can do that in a way that doesn’t make us sweat even more. There is no better fabric for this purpose than linen. In fact, this fabric seems to be a true super fabric! Let’s have a closer look at the raw material that our linen shirts are made of.
The best shirt material for hot days
Many already know it: no other fabric is better suited to absorb moisture and exchange it with the surrounding air than linen. It is breathable and moisture regulating and therefore cools us down in summer. At the same time, it has an antibacterial effect on the skin, making it less prone to developing odour. Linen fabrics are also particularly tear-resistant, which is why clothes made of linen are hard-wearing and durable (provided they are cared for properly, which we will come to later). Stains are easy to remove. For that reason linen does not have to be washed as hot as other fabrics for effective cleaning. In addition, compared to many other types of fabric, linen fabrics are lint-free.
Therefore it’s not surprising, that linen has been used already 7000 years ago in Egypt, Mesopotamia and Phoenicia. Egyptian mummies were wrapped in linen cloth and the oldest known woven garment is a linen shirt from an Egyptian necropolis aged 5000 years. It was found by a British archaeologist over 100 years ago, but it was only through modern radiocarbon technology that the exact age could be dated in the late 1970s. From Greek and Roman antiquity to the European Middle Ages, linen was the material for clothing alongside wool. With the increasing industrialization in the 19th century, cotton became more important and linen was used less often. However, interest for this material has grown in recent years because of its qualities.
Proper care is important
There are only a few points that speak against linen. On the one hand, linen wrinkles more easily than linen. That is why we tend to associate linen shirts more with a casual look rather than with the perfectly pressed business shirt. Yet, these wrinkles are quickly forgotten. The linen shirt reminds us of summer, leisure and pleasure. Who minds these wrinkles when you are sipping your drink at the beach or when you are strolling through the lively city on a mild summer evening?
A linen shirt can last very long when cared for properly. In general, linen is less resistant to abrasion than other materials. That means it reacts more sensitively to friction. The less a linen shirt is washed and ironed, the better. If it has seldom been worn, it is often enough to hang it out in the fresh air to freshen it up. If it is washed, it should always be washed in the washing machine at a lower spin speed. The dryer should never be used for drying. A linen shirt dries very quickly when hung up. Linen shirts can be ironed at a high temperature, but should always be moistened. Therefore, it is best to iron the linen shirt when it is still damp. This puts less strain on the fabric.
A natural product
Linen is more expensive to produce than many other fabrics because the processing of the flax fibre from which linen fabrics are made is quite labour-intensive. Linen is harvested in numerous steps and the flax straw is processed for fibre production. Among other things, one by-product of this process are flax seeds that are often used in a healthy diet.
Northern France, Belgium and the Netherlands offer optimal climatic conditions for growing linen. It is also grown in Poland, Romania, Russia and China. Linen naturally needs fewer artificial fertilizers and pesticides. It is a raw material that is less susceptible to pests than cotton. However herbicides, fungicides, insecticides and growth regulators can also be used in conventional cultivation.
Organic linen shirts from CARPASUS
The CARPASUS linen shirts are made from GOTS certified fabrics. That means that the cultivation and processing of the raw material must adhere to ecological and social standards. No pesticides or mineral fertilizers are used to grow the raw material. We only use certified organic raw materials to produce our shirts. We believe that only this approach is truly sustainable it protects nature and people from toxic chemicals and soils from extensive overuse.
The supply of organically grown linen is still very limited on the world market. For example, only very small quantities of organically grown linen from Europe are currently available. Most European raw material suppliers rely on the conventional cultivation of linen. However, the supply of organic linen is now slowly growing with the increased awareness of sustainably produced clothing. The organic linen for our current linen shirts collection comes from Normandy as well as from China. Our Portuguese weaving mill buys organic linen yarns, dyes and weaves them and delivers GOTS certified fabrics to our sewing partners in the north of Porto. There the fabrics are cut, trimmed and sewn with the greatest care to finally become linen shirts.
We now offer a wide range of different linen shirts in long and short sleeves, plain and stripe design. Have a look and discover our range of linen shirts in our online shop!