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Q-kipedia: Learn about Summer's favourite fabric - Linen

by Cheryl Yeo July 04, 2016

Q-kipedia: Learn about Summer's favourite fabric - Linen


Linen is a textile made from the fibers of the flax plant.

A characteristic often associated with linen yarn is the presence of "slubs", or small knots which occur randomly along its length. Slubs are considered as part of the aesthetic appeal of an expensive natural product. In addition, they do not compromise the integrity of the fabric, and therefore they are not viewed as a defect. However, the very finest linen has very consistent diameter threads, with no slubs at all.

The significant cost of linen derives not only from the difficulty of working with the thread, but also because the flax plant itself requires a great deal of attention. In addition, it is difficult to weave without breaking threads. Thus linen is considerably more expensive to manufacture than cotton.


Pros and Cons of Linen




Cool and smooth to the touch

Wrinkles easily (but it is the linen’s charm)

Lint -free

Low elasticity

Softer the more it is washed


Ability to absorb and lose water rapidly


Dirt, stain and moth resistant



Mildew, perspiration, and bleach can damage the fabric, but it is resistant to moths and carpet beetles. Linen is relatively easy to take care of and can be dry-cleaned, machine-washed or steamed.

Linen should not be dried by tumble drying, and it is much easier to iron when damp. Linen wrinkles very easily, and thus some more formal garments require ironing often, in order to maintain perfect smoothness. Nevertheless, the tendency to wrinkle is often considered part of linen's particular "charm", and many modern linen garments are designed to be air-dried on a good clothes hanger and worn without the necessity of ironing.

Cheryl Yeo
Cheryl Yeo


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Sizing Chart


Chest (Shirt) Chest (Body) Collar Shoulder Sleeve Length
46 40" / 102cm 36" / 91cm 15" / 38cm 17" / 43cm 25" / 63.5cm 28.5" / 72cm
48 42" / 107cm 38" / 96.5cm 15.5" / 39.5cm 17.5" / 44.5cm 25.5" / 65cm 29" / 73.5cm
50 44" / 112cm 40" / 102cm 16" / 40.5cm 18" / 45.5cm 26" / 66cm 29.5" / 75cm
52 46" / 117cm 42" / 107cm 16.5" / 42cm 18.5" / 47cm 26.5" / 67.3cm 30" / 76cm
54 48" / 122cm 44" / 112cm 17" / 43.2cm 19" / 48cm 27" / 68.5cm 30.5" / 77.5cm
56 50" / 127cm 46" / 117cm 17.5" / 44.5cm 19.5" / 49.5cm 27.5" / 70cm 31" / 78.5cm