Linen is the ultimate spring/summer fabric, especially if you’re attending a special event like a wedding, graduation, or dining outdoors!
Stenströms shares the history of linen:
The history of linen
The history of linen is entwined with that of the great civilizations of the Mediterranean basin and across Europe.
The use of linen dates back to 8,000 years BC, when Egyptian linen had a level of perfection that seemed impossible for the others at that time to recreate, making for an important foreign trade market.
When linen was imported to Europe it was discovered that the best soils for growing flax were located in France and Flanders, places that in the early Renaissance became the capital of linen, with Bruges representing a center of fineness.
In Europe, shirts and linen trousers were universally adopted, first to protect against skin diseases and then as a symbol of elegance. However, it was during the Renaissance that linen really triumphed, already used as household and bed linen, it became a style ‘go-to’ for every fine occasion. Not only for intimate apparel, but also for shirts, collars and details that enhanced the beauty of the wearer.