A LITTLE ABOUT OUR FABRICS
Originally, EmCo + PoRo Linen Kids was going to be only linen (hence the name) because, I just value it, it fits well with my business plan criteria and earth sustainability choices and well, it is just so totally freaking awesome. But I decided it might not be a sustainable business choice to limit myself ONLY to linen when there are so many other very amazing and sustainable fabrics out there. I have now gone ahead with designs that include cottons and organic cottons, merino and tencel and a few others, which are also really valuable fabrics that I thought could be pretty great.
Now what I thought I might do is just create a little more transparency in my business for you, and chat a little about some of the fabrics that we do use and explain them, their properties and their individual qualities one by one. A bit of useful and/or useless information. So I’ll start with the one that started it all.
THE ONE THAT STARTED IT ALL
LINEN!!!! Why? Because, it is so outrageously beautiful, totally awesome AND one of the earliest known fabrics, with evidence that it may have existed for up to 36,000 years. A super, dooper quality linen (which ours are) is far more durable than cotton, and it has long been considered a luxury fabric.
THE PLANT PART
Linen is a natural fiber that is made from the stalk and root of the flax plant. It is thicker than cotton and the linen fiber has variable lengths, most of which are very long. This contributes to strength, which contributes to longevity, and well we all know that linen is known to last. It requires minimal, if any, pesticides and every part of the plant is used. Linen is considered organic (when un-dyed), recyclable, moth resistent and is one of the most biodegradable and stylish fabrics in fashion history. It is admired for its natural feel, is known as the world’s strongest natural fiber and even has the natural ability to prevent bacteria growth.
I seriously hate ironing. That is not even a joke. And I’m terrible at it, (and I have 4 kids that are terrible at it or apparently too young to use an iron). And linen has just got that reputation that it has to be ironed. But, while linen might be known for creasing initially, it really does gain more elegance and soften over time as do the wrinkles and creases soften and in turn become smoother with use. That’s not to say you won’t need to hit the ironing board occasionally, but for everyday use, it definitely softens enough to live without an iron.
SOME REALLY COOL BITS ABOUT LINEN
Linen is highly absorbent, wicking away up to 20% of moisture before it will even begin to feel damp. So, way less sweaty armpits, (not that kiddies seem to have this problem as much). It also dries faster than cotton. Linen is irreplaceable in a hot summer. Linen fibers interact with our bodies and contribute to our comfort by allowing our bodies to breathe and cool down. HOW? Linen fibers are hollow, moving air and moisture naturally.
So the same goes during the colder months. Linen has a natural ability to retain heat and warmth from your body and reacts to the season and the body in contact with the cloth to give the best of all circumstances. So basically, Linen is a natural insulator. It is valued for its ability to keep cool in the summer months and trap warmth in in the winter months.
And another really cool bit, linen has also been known to be tolerable for those with allergies and helpful to soothe skin conditions.
Our linen is all of the above PLUS it is actually made in Europe. The mill in Eastern Europe, where there is a strong heritage of spinning and weaving linen fabric, makes small batches of our beautiful fabrics (which means they are a little more unique). Most of our linen is laundered at the mill for softness and is Oeko-Tex Certified.
So in a nutshell, you won’t find better anywhere. And it just makes sense that kids grow up as linen kids!
EmCo + PoRo Linen Kids xx