Linen lines up
Considered the fabric of luxury, linen, with its excellent heat conductivity and absorbency, is the choice for summer.
Linen scales the summer calendar
I KNOW what you did last summer! Come summer time and the species of Homo sapiens faces threat beating the heat. It is hot and the challenge is to look comfortable and fresh. Today, wearability and comfort have become an inherent part of the fashion industry. The process of designing is defined as the method that delivers `high level comfort' clothing.
The bodies of early Egyptian kings and nobles were swathed in yards of delicate linen. Such linen burial wrappings have been found to be in good condition proving the excellent durability of the flax fibre. This durability makes linen line up tall this summer lending an immaculate, comfortable and `cool' look to wearer adorning it.
This summer, lay your hands on (best quality) linen from Belgium. Irish linen speaks of high quality workmanship. Irish linen is prized for its fine white colour--the colour of summer. Scottish linen is lighter in colour than Irish linen but a remarkable summer choice. French linen ranks high on the summer calendar. It is characterised by fine designs and the use of round years. All these linen types are ideal for both uppers and (lined) bottoms as well. Varied linen qualities are available at Sanchay, Basheerbagh.
For apparel, stay away from Russian, German, Austrian and Czechoslovakian linen. They are generally of medium grade -- an ideal choice for handkerchiefs and hand towels.
Standing tall with cross-tucks on linen.
This season, linen has taken a giant leap as it is a strong fabric withstanding large number of washes and wear and tear. It is especially durable being two to three times as strong as cotton.
Opt for easy styling concepts in linen. Basic silhouettes are right as linen has no elasticity. Linen garments should neither bind nor pull at the seams. This season surface design ideas like pin tucks and spaced tucks on linen rule supreme. Also, vertical, horizontal and angular top stitch lines in powder tones are going strong.
Linen wrinkles easily. You could drop `wrinkle resistant' linen in your basket. This linen type is a little stiff. Thus, avoid styling concepts that have creases firmly pressed into them. Also, avoid deep repeated folds as the yarns tend to crack before they normally would. Go in for anti-fit, regular bodies as linen has an excellent drape.
This season, masses of unadulterated white along with powder tones of beige, blue, pink, milky white, yellow and pista formulate the colour story. In linen `guaranteed fast colour' light hues are excellent in withstanding wash. Linen blends like viscose linen, cotton lines, silk linen and jute linen are also scoring high.
Linen has always been considered the fabric of luxury. In some ancient countries, linen was used only for ceremonial purposes, as the symbol of purity. The descriptive phrase `pure linen' is used to describe all linen fabrics. With its excellent heat conductivity and absorbency, linen is `the' summer choice. Ensure dropping the right choice in your summer basket. Line up tall in linen.
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