Here at Poetry linen is one of our favourite natural fabrics to be used for warmer days. Our linen styles are essential for the summer and beyond.
Linen is considered to be one of the strongest natural fibres. Our superfine linen knitwear is spun from fibres found in the stems of flax plants, it is lightweight and breathable, with a wonderful natural drape. Our linen range is full of wardrobe essentials such as basic linen T-shirts all the way to beautiful summer dresses in vibrant colours.
Please wash our linen products at 30°C. We highly recommend reshaping the garment while it is damp and dry it flat. This is to prevent creasing and to keep the desired shape of your garment. We do not recommend tumble drying, dry cleaning and using bleach.
Is your linen organic?
The short answer is that the linen we use is not certified organic. However, our linen clothes are a good choice from an environmental perspective. The linen that we use is from French flax. The flax plant is very resilient and thrives in the climate of Northern France so that although not certified organic, the cultivation is already close to organic with minimal use of fertilisers and pesticides.
When assessing the environmental impact of clothing whether the fibre has been grown organically or not only reflects one small part of the process. Of more importance are things such as the amount of water and energy used in growing and the subsequent processing of the fibre. On these counts linen scores very highly, especially compared to cotton which requires very high volumes of water to grow.
According to the European Confederation Of Linen and Hemp, flax growing in Europe captures 250,000 tonnes of CO2 every year and buying a linen shirt instead of a cotton shirt will save 19 litres of water.
What is the difference between 100% linen and 100% linen jersey?
Part of the problem is the different words we use in England and America. In England we call knitted fabric that is cut and sewn, typically to make T-shirts, ‘jersey’ (the tubular knitting machines were invented on the Island of Jersey, hence the name). In America, they are simply called knits.
Just to make things more confusing we use the term ‘knitwear’ to refer to garments that have been made by knitting pieces that are linked together to create the garment but in America, they are called sweaters.
In terms of linen, we have a wide range of woven linen fabrics. As it is very common to weave linen, we have always just referred to this as 100% linen.
Although it is knitted, the fabric is perfect for warm weather. It is a light and airy fabric. What we like about the linen knit compared to the more regular cotton knit is that the fabric drapes in a more flattering way. It is a good choice for t-shirts and also for vests to layer under sweaters or woven tops. In terms of jersey or knits, it is less common to use linen, most knits are in cotton or blends of cotton. We first started making garments in knitted linen back in 2007, at which point it was completely new to the market, and we identified this as different to the woven linen by referring to it as 100% linen jersey or sometimes as linen knit.