Linen For Panfilo Shirts
The Linen Legend
Linen is an ancient fabric and one of the oldest textiles used in clothing. Linen cloth was first woven eight thousand years ago and was first grown by the Egyptians along the banks of the river Nile. Since then it was a prized fabric due to its fine quality, lightness and ability to keep cool. It was used for the expensive royal gowns of the aristocrats and the luxurious furnishings of the rich.
Later, linen was quite forgotten with the discovery of more convenient and cheaper fabrics like cotton. With the increased difficulty of harvesting and processing pure linen, the use of it became rare. Today with improved lifestyles, focus on health concerns and introduction of organic products; linen has made a remarkable comeback, especially in the arena of menswear. Panfilo translates this beautiful legend into reality.
The Linen Style
Panfilo has focussed particularly in bringing out the elegance in linen shirts and apparels. It is essentially a very comfortable wear and a must-have attire for any man.
Linen has a very unique and different look when compared to other fabrics. It has an extremely diverse appearance and texture. The fabric boasts an irregularity of fibre due to the variation in thickness of linen yarns, giving it a very rustic feel. Unlike other materials, the beauty of linen lies in its unique quality to crush and it is this occasional crinkle that makes linen so imperfectly charming. Due to its vintage look, linen is more popular in lighter and natural colours.
From Fibre to Fabric
Linen is made from the filament fibre of the flax plant. The uniqueness of linen begins from the initial harvest as it requires very careful nurturing often done by hand, and later dried, soaked, crushed, combed and spun through a very detailed and lengthy process. This has often made linen more difficult and expensive to procure in its purest form, making it the choice of the elite.
Linen is one of the most environment friendly fabrics as almost no pesticides and chemicals
are needed in its manufacture. It is made naturally which gives the fibres a natural shine.
The secret to linen lies in the hollow cylindrical structure of the flax fibre. It makes the fabric
incredibly light and also a good conductor of heat, making linen very cool to wear. Linen
easily absorbs and loses moisture, which helps quickly remove perspiration from the skin
making it extremely comfortable to wear. Linen can be machine washed and is easily dried.
Despite its lightness, linen is one of the strongest natural fibres. It has non-allergic, anti-
bacterial, UV resistant properties which makes it a very healthy piece of clothing.
Amongst the various varieties of linen available, the Irish Linen has a rich heritage and
reputation of superior quality and purity. It has been developed through many generations
of dedication and skill. The weaving expertise combined with fine, high quality yarns and
modern looms produce linen which is unusually soft and fine.
Today linen spinning in Ireland has virtually ceased, but the best of these yarns are still spun
for niche, top of the range, apparel uses. Panfilo has handpicked this exclusive fabric for
making its garments and it is this choice that makes the brand extraordinary.
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