As wool is to winter and flannel is to fall, linen has long been the fabric of summer. An extremely breathable fabric made from the flax plant, linen fibers quickly release moisture and air. In use since ancient civilization, the English word linen is derived from the Latin word for the flax plant, linum, as well as the Greek, linon. This versatile linen blanket can be used to dress your picnic or dining table, or as a lighter alternative to a bulky beach towel. At the end of the party or beach day, throw it over your shoulders as the crisp summer air creeps in. With wash and wear, the individual fibers of linen actually become stronger and denser, while the overall blanket becomes softer and more comfortable. The blanket is produced in a factory in Belgium, a country filled with fine flax fields that produces more than 60% of the world’s linen supply.
Linen is sturdy and long-lasting, but does require a few considerations when it comes to its proper care. Because linen absorbs up to 20% of its weight in moisture before feeling wet to the touch, use more water than normal when washing. For example, fill the washer half or two-thirds full with laundry, but place it on a large load setting using cold or warm water. Dry on low or medium heat, but only for 15-20 minutes maximum, as linen dries fast. It is important not to overload the washer or dryer, because linen will wrinkle if not given enough room. To get out overall wrinkles, steam or iron the linen on the highest heat setting. A good method for loosening large wrinkles from folding and storage is the spread the cloth over a table, spray with water, and tug gently on the creases in order to release them. The flax and sky blue blankets are light in color and fairly colorfast, while the navy should be treated with your dark-wash load.
Flax plants thrive in the temperate climate of Western Europe. The plants are sown in March and harvested in July. On one special day each year, usually in June, each flax plant flowers for just 24 hours with blooms of blue, purple and white. The flax must be uprooted, not mown, during the July harvest because the root of the plant is full of useful fibers not be wasted. The harvested plants are then left out on the field and exposed to rain, dew, sunshine and dirt, which helps to develop its color and character. After the flax is dry, the fibers are moved indoors, where they are combed, spun into yarn and then woven into linen fabric. This blanket is produced in a linen factory in Belgium that has been weaving since 1864, but constantly reviews its methods and machinery to ensure best-practices for their employees, the environment and their products.
Linen blanket woven on Belgium looms. Dyed with pigment from Germany. Place it on a picnic bench or use it to stake out your space on the sand. 69 x 69” inches. Available in flax, navy and sky blue. (more info)
69" x 69"
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