An introduction to linen and how to care for the fabric

An important step in building a long lasting wardrobe is to understand the fabrics we are wrapping ourselves with. If we know them well, we can take proper care of them and at the same time be aware of what our clothes are made of. Today I will be telling you about linen fabric, one of PIXIE’s favourite.

The joy of linen

Linen is an amazing natural fabric. It is made out of fibers derived from flax plants or Linum usitatissimum, one of the oldest cultivated plants in history. It is two to three times stronger than cotton, and because of its porous nature, it dries at a much faster rate. It has natural heat and moisture-wicking properties, making it my favorite summer fabric for clothing and bedding.

 

Linen is also known for its anti-bacterial natural properties, making it a popular choice for bandages. Its natural porousness makes it available in almost any color, a 100% natural colored linen will range from light to dark grey sand tone. And lastly, when this material decomposes it leaves minimum waste. And that’s always good.

The best time to wash linen

The moon and her phases have a strong influence on our own rhythms of life. If we know them correctly, we can use them in our advantage and work with them. The washing of clothes is not excluded from the influence of lunar cycles.

After the moon comes to be full (🌕), it enters a phase called Waning Gibbous (🌖). This phase signifies that the Moon is slowly transitioning into a New Moon (🌑). 

🌕 🌖 🌗 🌘 🌑

During this specific time of transition, the constellations should be in the Water element (▽).

Constellations in such a configuration will give amazing results to your cleaning process. The washed garments will be cleaner, easier to iron, and unwanted dirt and stains will wash out better.

On your first linen garment wash

An interesting fact about linen is that the more you wash it, the softer and enjoyable it will become. It’s not a complicated or needy material. It can be washed in temperatures up to 60ºC and ironed with a moderately high set iron. If you prefer the fabric to stay extra stiff – it is recommended only to dry clean it.

If you’re looking for extra crinkles and softness, dry the garment in a dryer, this makes it incredibly pleasant and comfortable to wear.

A good thing to keep in mind is that when it is first washed, linen will shrink a bit. In our case however, the fabric used to make PIXIE Won’t Play Clothing is pre-washed, so you don’t  have to worry about your clothes shrinking.

My personal advice

I personally prefer to wash my linen clothing at 40ºC, so that the crumples and wrinkles are not embedded too deep. This makes it easier to get rid of unwanted wrinkles that happen, for example, when wearing a linen dress with a tight waist belt.

After washing, let’s say, a linen shirt, I shake it while holding the shirt by the shoulders. Then I carefully shape the wrinkles back, taking some time for the small details like around the sleeves, collars etc.

If you prefer the linen to be a little bit stiffer – dry the garment by hanging it on a hanger. When it’s almost dry – iron it as mentioned before, on medium-high setting. In my case, I hang the shirt on a clothing hanger and leave it in a well-ventilated area. Then with a little extra water spray on the small details, I usually iron the details down.

Don’t forget that the linen loves to wrinkle up. Try avoiding wearing wet linen, as it will leave deep wrinkles that will be hard to get out.

If ironing is not an option that is available, try the following:

  • when the garment is just out the washing machine wet and still slightly warm – shake it (don’t twist it or use excessive force)

     

  • shape it back and dry it on a clothing hanger.

It will soon be soft with slight wrinkles ready to be worn and challenge the day!

If ironing is not an available option, when the garment is just out of the machine wet and slightly warm, try:

  • to shake it without excessive force
  • then, shape it back and dry it on a clothing hanger

 

It will soon be soft with slight wrinkles ready to be worn and challenge the day!

  • Wash at 40ºC
  • Shake it while holding the shirt by its shoulders
  • Shape it back
  • Get into the small details
  • Wash at 40ºC
  • Shake it while holding the shirt by the shoulders
  • Shape the wrinkles back
  • Take some time to the small details

I really hope that you find this information useful in the future. When shopping for clothing, remember about the impact that we as humans make every day. As they say, quality over quantity.

Best of luck,

Ingrīda

.  .  .

Apģērba nozīme mūsu dzīvē

Apģērbs mums nodrošina ķermeņa komfortu un uztur dzīvības enerģijas plūsmu, tāpēc man ir svarīgi izvēlēties dabīgu audumu, kura ražošana ir pēc iespējas harmonijā ar vidi un ekosistēmu un cilvēkam draudzīga.

Dabīgs materiāls ir dzīvs -

tas elpo, saraujas un izstiepjas temperatūras svārstību un ūdens ietekmē. Tas nodrošina komfortu fiziskajam ķermenim un ādai, jo tas elpo, silda vai atdzesē un aizsargā ķermeni no apkārtējās vides kaitīgās ietekmes.

Jūtoties fiziski labi, ir iespējams visu sevi veltīt tam, ko darām. Ir vieglāk koncentrēties, aktīvi atpūsties, sportot vai meditēt, uzstāties, vadīt sarunas un pasniegt sevi.

Apģērbs ietekmē arī mūsu emocionālo pašsajūtu, ne tikai fizisko plakni. Ar spiedošu kurpi vai sasvīdušam noteikti ir grūtāk atslēgt sevi no diskomforta un turpināt iesākto.

Lina burvība

Mans vasaras favorīts audumu vidū ir lins.

Lins ir 100% dabīgs materiāls, kura naturālā krāsa ir no gaiši līdz tumši smilšu pelēkai. Ja lins nav krāsots, tad tā ražošanā nav izmantota nekāda ķīmija. Vēlāk, kad lins jau godam nokalpojis, tas sadalās, neradot atkritumu kalnus.

Lins silda vēsākos laika apstākļos un elpo, nekarsē vasaras svelmē, aizsargājot no ultravioletā strarojuma. Tas ir pirmais zināmais cilvēka radītais audums, un joprojām ir ļoti iemīļots materiāls savu lielisko īpašību dēļ.

Lina apģērbu mazgāšana

Jo vairāk linu mazgāsiet, jo mīkstāks un patīkamāks valkāšanā tas kļūs.

Linu kopt ir viegli un tas nav kaprīzs – to var mazgāt temperatūrā līdz 60 grādiem pēc Celsija un gludināt ar mēreni karstu gludekli.

Lins pēc mazgāšanas saraujas, taču tas notiek tikai pie pirmās mazgāšana reizes.

Pixie linu izstrādājumiem tiek izmantots iepriekš mazgāts lins, tāpēc nav jābaidās, ka tas sarausies.

Linu drīkst žāvēt veļas žāvētājā – tur tas iegūst papildus burzījumu un mīkstumu, kuš ir ļoti patīkams un komfortabls to nēsājot. Ja nevēlaties, linu var pat negludināt vispār.

Vislabākais laiks mazgāšanai ir dilstošs mēnesis (🌖), kad mēnesis atrodas kādā no ūdens stihijas zvaigznājiem (▽). Tad netīrumi labāk sadalās un traipi tīras vieglāk, līdz ar to apģērbs pēc mazgāšanas būs tīrāks. Ja nepieciešama gludināšana, vislabāk to veikt arī dilstoša mēness (🌖) laikā.

🌕 🌖 🌗 🌘 🌑

Es savus linu apģērbus kopju šādi:

Mazgāju delikātā režīmā pie 40 grādiem pēc Celsija, lai mazgāšanas laikā neiegultos stipri burzījumi, no kuriem grūti atbrīvoties.

Izņemot no veļas mašīnas, kārtīgi izpurinu apģērbu un piešķiru tam formu. Īpašu uzmanību pievēršu visām mazajām detaļām – apkaklītēm u.c.

Ja vēlos, lai lins ir cietāks, tad lieku izstrādājumu žāvēties uz pleciņiem – šādi žāvēts izstrādājums visbiežāk būs arī jāgludina. 

Ja vēlos linu iegūt mīkstāku, tad lieku to veļas žāvētājā un žāvēju praktiski gandrīz sausu. Ņemu apģērbu ārā, kamēr tas ir vēl valgs un karsts, to kārtīgi izpurinu, piešķiru tam formu un lieku uz pleciņiem izžūt līdz galam.

Šādi žāvēts audums iegūst viegli burzītu, mīkstu lina apģērbu gatavu vilkāšanai bez gludināšanas.

  • Mazgāt 40ºC
  • Kārtīgi izpurināt un piešķirt apģērbam formu
  • Pievērst uzmanību visām mazajām detaļām
  • Likt uz pleciņiem izžūt līdz galam

Es no visas sirds ceru, ka šī informācija nākotnē jums būs noderīga. Kad iegādājaties apģērbu, vienmēr atceraties par ietekmi uz apkārtējo vidi ko cilvēks nodara tai ik dienas. Kvalitāte vienmēr stāv pāri kvantitātei. 

Veiksmi, 

Ingrīda 

.  .  .

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