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Linen-Beyond Cotton

Linen-Beyond Cotton

Linen-Beyond Cotton

Linen, the cultivated textile that comes from the Flax plant, has an impressive and longstanding history. It's functions have become a staple for a certain lifestyle, which contributes to its present day popularity. The Flax plant is an extremely versatile plant that breeds an extremely versatile fabric. The Ancient Egyptians wore it and even buried their deceased in it. It is a hearty and durable fiber that stands the test of time. It was deemed symbolic of purity and fondly called "Woven Moonlight". In the 16th Century, Linen gained widespread popularity throughout Europe and then began to fall on the wayside with the production of synthetic fibers and cotton. In recent years especially, it has ascended into the spotlight once again, as a movement of an awareness of one's lifestyle is taking precedence over the busier things in life: what we put in, what we put out, and what we put on has become a focal point. With rising temperatures, Linen allows comfort without compromising style. It is perfect for a hot and humid climate (it draws moisture away from the body), and lightweight and breathable, given its woven texture. Making linen is no breezy task, but products of esteemed quality usually are not, nor should they be. The men and women who wear it seek out the best names, and become fast loyals. Wallstreet Journal in a recent article: "A New Wrinkle in Summer Style: Lots of Linen", acknowledged it as "a summer classic....a rumpled mess. Love it or hate it, linen is in the forecast for this summer". Flax is a favorite line at Beyond Cotton that has developed a following, and rightly so. It's designs are relaxed and maintain a sophisticated simplicity that can be dressed up or down, worn head to toe and with other pieces, or worn alone. The pieces are timeless and enduring. The New spin on the beloved Flax is Urbane Flax- foundational Flax with a modern edge that does not sacrifice its ease and natural aesthetics. Urban Flax's color palette is one of organic and savvy taste, and it has a pleasingly soft and wrinkly texture that feels slightly lighter than the usual Flax. Beyond fulfilling the most basic and preferred needs, Linen is a beautiful textile, one that steadily grows on you the way your favorite band did, and one that ages like a fine wine. To go there is to stay, so choose your Flax wisely, get a lot at once, or collect it over time; you will surely get your money's worth and much more.