- What is Linen Fiber?
Linen is a type of natural textile made from the stalk of “FLAX” plant. Making of linen fabric is known to be arduous. But, the finished clothing made of this fiber is famous for admitting air to skin and allowing sweat to evaporate. Linen fabric feels cool to touch, a phenomenon which indicates its higher conductivity (the same principle that makes metals feel “cold”). It is smooth, making the finished fabric lint-free, and gets softer the more it is washed.
Many products are made of Linen like men and female clothes, towels, table cloths, aprons, napkins and cushion cover. Due to this fabric’s inner strength Linen is preferred by many designers for portraying their artistic skills through hand or machine embroidery.
- History of Linen
From the times of the Pharaohs approximately Linen Clothes were used by the ancient elite class as a symbol of wealth. In ancient Mesopotamia flax was domesticated and used in production of Linen fiber. White linen was worn by as clothing on a daily basis, because of extreme heat.
Due, to its pristine quality Linen was used in trade between the Egyptians and Mediterranean. Through this trade Linen fabric made its way to the shore of Irelands, no sooner the fabric reaches the British Empire it became the first choice for the Elite British class.
Linen fabric was first introduced in India at the time of British Rule. Largely worn by wealthier British people, to cater to the huge demand of this fabric soon this fabric was being produced in India to meet the demand.
- How Linen Fiber is produced?
Basically Linen is a Bast Fiber. Bast is the tissue of a plant that conduct food substances (e.g., from leaves) to parts where needed; consists primarily of screen tubes. It is collected from the interior section of the bark of a plant (Phloem); which is why it has more tensile strength than the other fibers.
The quality of the finished linen product is often dependent upon growing conditions and harvesting techniques. To generate the longest possible fibers, flax is either hand-harvested by pulling up the entire plant or stalks are cut very close to the root. After harvesting the plants are left to dry up. The seeds are then removed from the fibers through the mechanical process of threshing.
The fibers must then be loosened from the stalk. This is achieved through retting. This is a process which uses bacteria to decompose the pectin that binds the fibers together. Natural retting methods take place in tanks and pools, or directly in the fields.
After retting the stalks are ready for scutching. Scutching removes the woody portion of the stalks by crushing them between two metal rollers, so that the parts of the stalk can be separated. The fibers are removed and the other parts such as linseed, shive, and tow are separated for other uses. Finally the fibers are separated from each other with a fine comb to leave behind only the long soft flax fibers.
After the fibers have been separated and processed, they are typically spun into yarns and hand woven or knit into linen textiles. These textiles can then be bleached, dyed, printed on, embroider on to create fine masterpiece.
An alternate production method is known as “cottonizing” which is quicker and requires less equipment. The flax stalks are processed using traditional cotton machinery; however, the finished fibers often lose the characteristic linen look. Therefore fabric made from this fiber loses the pristine quality of Linen fibre.
Hence, at Rangosri we make sure the Linen fabric we use are made in a traditional way.
- Use of Linen in Modern Day
Linen is widely used by many designers to create a assortment of fine products like Kurtis, Shirts, Pants and also for making one of the traditional Indian ethnic wear Linen Sarees, Suits, Salwar Kamiz. In a humid and hot country like India Linen garments are extremely popular due to their cool and refreshing quality.
Linen uses range across bed and bath fabrics (tablecloths, bath towels, dish towels, bed sheets); home and commercial furnishing items (wallpaper/wall coverings, upholstery, window treatments); apparel items (suits, dresses, skirts, shirts); and industrial products (luggage, canvases, sewing thread). As Linen is very resistant to Alkalis it is used to make fine oil canvas.
Over the past decades the use of linen in garments has changed dramatically. Approximately 70% of linen production in the 1990s was for apparel textiles, whereas in the 1970s only about 5% was used for fashion fabrics.
In India the finest quality Line Fabrics are produced in Kochi. Linen made from Kochi is preferred by many international brands for their garments.
- Linen – the Cool Attire
The fact that Linen garments are worn from the ancient times to the modern era proves that this fiber has a lot of advantages and can be used for many occasions.
Linen is durable and easy care and best material to produce fine formal or informal garments. As Linen has a very natural look and feel to it, minimalistic ornaments worn with sarees it gives a look of elegance.
- Linen Trivia
- Linen fiber is not affected by the sun light as others fiber. It has enough ability to protect sun light.
- Linen has an excellent resistance to degradation by heat. It is less affected than cotton fiber by the heat.
- Cool chlorine and hypo-chlorine bleaching agent does not affect the linen fiber properties.
- Linen fiber has high resistance to normal cleaning solvents.
- The discovery of dyed flax fibers in a cave in Georgiadated to thirty-six thousand years ago suggests that ancient people used wild flax fibers to create linen-like fabrics from an early date.
- In ancient Egypt Linen garments were used as gifts for special occasions
- Due to the fabrics higher tensile strength it is also used as the bowstring
Sarees are a kind of attire that will never get outmoded. Rather, in this modernized era also the demand for this eight meter drape is on the peak due to its undying traditional grandeur. But wearing the right saree by picking the correct fabric is mandatory. With this mercury rising atmosphere, you should start stocking your saree wardrobe with some sumptuous collection of stylish yet comfy summer sarees.
Summer is back with its hot avtar. In India, summer season seems to be the toughest one. Sweating, humidity, temperature rising high – altogether make things a bit difficult. But as the famous phrase says, “Time & tide waits for none”, we can’t wait to look graceful and bonny in this searing hot season too. Refurbish your closet with some cosy & light fabrics that will redefine your style quotient enabling you to beat the sweltering heat.
Rangosri deals with authentic fabrics brought from the far-flung areas where the veteran weavers weaves with their expertise hands lending a touch of tradition and simplicity within the materials. Following are a variety of summer sarees with a detailed interpretation of each genre.
Mercerized Cotton Sarees
In this era of improvisation the couturiers are experimenting with the every possible fabric designing something unprecedented. Use of mercerized cotton in sarees has emerged recently procuring whopping call from the haute couture. Concocted by John Mercer, a dye and textile chemist from England, mercerization as a process strengthens the cotton threads lending them a lustrous and lucent mien. The method revamps the fabric standard allowing it to transpire absorbing the moisture from our skin. Sunny days are now stress free for all the fashionistas. With more intense and brilliant colour combinations, mercerized sarees allows your skin to breathe conferring a pleasantly cold sensation. These are the ultimate summer wear sarees which lends a comfortable but sheeny appearance to the wearer.
Sarees seem to be a very sensuous garment with some untamed and resplendent features. Rangosri travelled long to have the pure fabric offering you the best quality sarees. Each Indian state unfolds divergent variety of fashionable textiles. Noil as a fabric is procured from the left over fibers assembled after combing wool. Fabricated by the pundit weavers of the rural areas, these are soft, comfortable and light weighed. These sarees can be the ultimatum for any morning look if decked up with some good junks.
Sarees are versatile they can be worn almost anywhere. Saree adds colour and glamour to the personality of a woman wearing it. Now, talking about versatility, Linen sarees are in the statement now. Derived from the flax fibers, this fabric is considered to be the oldest kind of textile in the world. Genres forging the woman of any age look opulent and fancy. A comfortable yet posh drape for every season- predominantly summers. Light-weighed yet gorgeous this fabric is multifaceted enabling the wearer to try diverse drapes. A very remarkable feature of Linen sarees is their blithe texture and design which can be draped as a corporate and even as a party wear
A coterie of fashionistas especially from Bengal owns an ardent obsession for Khesh sarees. Having a very simple weaving process these fabrics are weft with strips of thin stuff reaped from old sarees. Originating from the Birbhum district of West Bengal, Khesh sarees has fabricated a vast market allover India. The shredding process is a labour intensive one usually assigned to the women weavers. This unique technique of tearing old sarees into strips evolving a new drape got initiated in 1920 in a vocational training institute set up by Rabindranath Tagore in Shantiniketan. Later on discerning the demand of Khesh among the drape lover, new techniques were evolved making the process easier and faster. Nab one quirky saree from the sophisticated collection of Khesh sarees rendered by Rangosri amassing a plush look.
Rangosri adds flavor to the traditional feel with their out of the box thinking process with their humble attitude and simple harmonies. We are not only into providing our customers the best quality sarees but we aim to engender a long-term relationship of faith and generosity with them. We deliver sarees amalgamated with love and fashion that will make one outlive forever.
Summer is the time when day’s get warmer and people starts looking for things which can keep them stay cool like ice creams, air conditioner, cold beverages and comfortable clothes. This is the time to freshen up your summer closet with sarees that makes you feel cool and comfortable. There are numerous types of sarees in the market which can be worn as per the occasion or season like shiffon, benarasi silk, cotton and so on. But how will you know that which kind of sarees are perfect for you to wear in this summer? Well Rangosri has solved your problem by bringing some comfortable yet elegant sarees for you, which you can wear in your everyday life as well as in special occasions in this hot and humid climate.
Cotton sarees are the most preferred sarees in this summer. Besides providing comfort these sarees can easily match with your style. Cotton sarees are very easy to maintain and can be considered as a daily wear, non casual wear or occasional wear. This summer Rangosri is offering you some peachy collection of simple and beautiful cotton sarees that you can add to your closet.
Linen sarees has its origin thousands of years back when people started transforming the plant fiber to string and cloth. The fabric was weaved from flax plant. Linen sarees takes a lot of time and effort to manufacture, but the end product is worth to buy. Rangosri is offering you some elegantly lustrous range of linen sarees to be a suave among your friends. This summer linen sarees are a must to add in your closet as they are extremely soft and doesn’t cling to the skin. The smoothness and richness of fabric makes it a perfect blend of fashion. These sarees can be worn as a daily wear, office wear, and occasional wear.
Khadi sarees are the beautiful blend of fashion and comfort. This is the most preferred fabric for a hot and humid climate. Khadi fabric comes from a hand spun cotton yarn which has a historical significance to India and freedom movement. Khadi saree has a unique quality of its own i.e., it can worn in anytime of the season, in summers it keeps cool and in winter warm. The fabric has a distinctive feature of acquiring shine after every wash. This summer feel the comfort with the beautiful collections of hand and machine designed khadi sarees launched by Rangosri. Rangosri deals with fabric which will bring within you a feel good factor.
Handloom sarees are the ones which can make you look classy and fashionable. These sarees are woven with natural fiber and the pattern and the embroidery is done through a machine jacquard. Many years ago handloom sarees were considered to be the richest fibre of our Indian culture, but gradually due to its popularity, now you can purchase these sarees at an affordable price. Due to its fine material it can be worn in parties, occasions as well as in your day to day life. Rangosri has brought for you some vibrant coloured handloom sarees which will lend you a pleasant yet attractive look.