There is no denying that the quality of our lives is closely related with the quality of our sleep. In order to have a good night’s rest you definitely need to find a right bedding for you. You can choose from complete linen bed sets or separate products such as linen bed sheets, pillow cases or duvet covers.
It’s scientifically proven that linen is the healthiest textile for your bedroom. However, it is more than some kind of data – linen speaks by itself. It is super soft and pleasant to the skin. Linen fabric has various advantages. It regulates temperature by keeping you cool in summer and warm in winter. Linen also has anti-allergic properties and may even help with various skin irritations.
History of Linentales
"Linen Tales" was inspired by the desire to show that linen is much more than just a rough grey fabric. Working on designs that were born from our imaginations, we first created unique shapes and cuts, and then softened, bleached, dyed and washed the pieces of fabric until we were satisfied with the results. And like this we turned over the first page of our history - the opening of a small linen shop in the living room of Bernandinų Street, Vilnius, Lithuania.
Linen Traditions in Lithuania
The traditions of flax cultivation and processing in Lithuania stretch back several thousand years. Lithuanians have given a special place in their folklore and overall perception of the world to this plant, which has accompanied them since ancient times. Flax has even been associated with a couple of old Lithuanian gods: Vaižgantas, the patron of flax cultivation, and Gabjauja, the guardian of the flax harvest.
Daily life in the ancient Lithuanian countryside and agricultural work were in a harmonious relationship. Flax cultivation, which requires five times more effort than most grains, was one of the main areas of work. Lithuanians highly valued the special material and medicinal effects of flax and included a variety of myths, games, fairy tales and songs in the cycles of flax cultivation and processing. The beginning and end of the works as well as the most important events of flax cultivation were also marked with larger celebrations. These remarkable examples of folklore have survived to this day.
Growing flax was communal process in which the work had to be shared by everyone. The men were responsible for harvesting the stalks of flax, whereas women were in charge of combing the strands. Linen was especially important in the life of girls and accompanied their preparations for marriage. In Lithuanian it is difficult to imagine any kind of important celebration without linen – let it be matchmaking, marriage, baptism or other family celebrations. Lithuanians decorated their houses with linen, and it was the most popular choice of gift for important occasions. Festive tables were covered with white linen tablecloths, while checkered or striped linen tablecloths were used on a daily basis. Flax was not only present for joyous occasions – it also played an important role during funerals.
Although Lithuanian soil is very suitable for growing flax, unfortunately very little is grown here nowadays. However, linen is still important in Lithuania and its contemporary revival can be easily observed. Various linen products – from towels and napkins to dresses and shirts – are becoming popular once again, with linen garments being prized for their naturalness and high quality.
Linen Care Tips
Proper care is one of the main conditions to ensure long and successful life of linens. Here you will find a few suggestions that will help for your fine linens to wear softly and smoothly through endless laundering.
New linen should be washed in cooler water temperatures for the first few washes ; this will set the mercerization process. We recommend to separate your linens from other items in the first wash. Future wash temperatures should be at 40°C, but for stubborn stains, temperatures can be raised to 60°C. At that temperature, the smooth flax fibers that make up the linen material will release any staining.
If your washing machine allows you to select the water level, choose the highest one offered because linen is highly absorbent. Avoid crowding the washing machine with too many items at once as it can result in twisting or pulling the linen fabric out of shape. .Be sure that any other items washed with linen clothing are similar in color, weight and washing instructions.
Hand wash linen clothing using a gentle swishing motion, but never wring, twist or scrub the cloth. Hand washing is best suited for clothing that is not heavily soiled, or for linen fabric with a loose weave, which might be damaged in a washing machine.
Use a neutral or mild detergent that does not contain any bleaching agents such as chlorine or peroxide. Do not pour detergent directly on textiles; rather, add it to the water as the wash tub fills or dilute detergent with water, then add linens. Be sure that all detergent is completely rinsed from the garment before drying.
The detergents that contain bleaching agents are perfect for white linen but should not be used for washing colored linen or else your linen would get discolored or spotted. Chlorine bleach can weak fibers and cause them to yellow. If white fabrics need bleaching, use an oxygen-based bleach.
Do not wring out linen before drying. Whatever drying method you choose – line drying, tumbler drying or lying out on a terry towel – make sure your linen articles are slightly damp before ironing. Drying white linen in the sun helps retain the original white color. Overdrying is the most harmful process for fabrics as it weakens the fibers causing shrinkage and pilling. Over-dried items restore their natural moisture content after re-absorbing moisture from the air.
Remove your linens from the dryer promptly while still damp to reduce wrinkles. Smooth and fold, or press with an iron if desired. Iron linens while still slightly damp on the reverse side of the fabric. Use a steam iron on a warm/hot setting for linen and a water spritzer if needed.
Our washed linen production is highly resistant for shrinkage compare with non washed linen. Pre-shrunk items normally shrink 3 percent or less. Do not wash or, especially, dry linens on a hot setting, which is most likely to cause shrinkage.