- Linen is a fabric or yarn made from flax.
- Garments made of linen are valued for its exceptional coolness and freshness in hot weather.
- Flax is the earliest vegetable fiber ever used. Linen 5,000 years old has been found in Egyptian tombs.
- According to some studies, linen effectively reduces the perspiration rate of a person 1.5 times more than cotton clothes, and twice more than viscose clothes.
- All through history, linen has been used throughout the world.
- The word "linen" is cognate with the Latin for the flax plant, which is linum, and the earlier Greek linon.
- Today, Ireland is the chief producer of linen. The finest flax fiber is from Belgium.
- The best linen yarn must be made hand.
- France, Germany, England, and the Netherlands are large producers of flax.
- The beauty of linen consists in the evenness of the thread. Linen with a round thread is considered better than that wi a flat thread.
- The heaviest linens are made into tents, sailcloth, canvas, carpets, and carpet backings.
- Linen textiles appear to be some of the oldest in the world: their history goes back many thousands of years.
- The fine linens are used for handkerchiefs, tablecloths, and fine clothing.
- Egyptian mummies were wrapped in linen because it was seen as a symbol of light and purity, and as a display of wealth.
- In ancient Egypt, linen also was used as currency. Due to the strength of linen, paper made of it is generally very strong; due to this reason, today many countries use 25 percent linen in their currency.
What is a depressant?
A depressant is a drug that reduces the activity of various body functions. Some depressants such as anesthetics, sedatives, antiepileptics, narcotics analgesics, and some muscle relaxants, slow nervous and muscular activity by acting on the central nervous system. Tranquilizers are depressants that affect only part of the nervous system. They induce relaxation without causing total depression.