Wednesday, 8 July 2009

Cotton Vs. Linen

Comparison of Properties of Cotton and Linen 

Linen is Stronger


Linen is the strongest of the vegetable fibers and has 2 to 3 times the strength of cotton. Linen table cloths and napkins have been handed down generation to generation.

Linen is Smoother

Not only is the linen fiber strong, it is smooth, making the finished fabric lint free. Fine china, silver and candles are enhanced by the luster of linen which only gets softer and finer the more it is washed.

Wrinkles more easily than Cotton

Linen does wrinkle easily but also presses easily.However, constant creasing in the same place in sharp folds will tend to break the linen threads. This wear can show up in collars, hems, and any area that is iron creased during the laundering.

Not As Elastic

Linen has poor elasticity and does not spring back readily.

Touch is Different

Cotton is softer, fluffier, and warm to the touch. Linen is smooth, heavy and flowing, and feels cool because it absorbs moisture more readily than cotton.

Cotton is Easier to Rip

Since flax fibres are longer than cotton fibres, cotton is easier to rip.

Pure Linen Vs.Linen/Cotton Blend

Cotton/linen - a little softer, and won't wrinkle as much as pure linen.

For shirts, cotton/linen is great

Pure linen is not bad, necessarily, but it is stiffer and also hard to find in really light weights. The thickness of most pure linen does not lend itself to dress shirtings well.

For jackets and trousers, pure linen is better  

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the info, very helpful.

viswanadh. said...

Thanks, usefull information...

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