Natural fabrics have a lineage that synthetic & artificial fabrics can only envy. These fabrics are a heritage in itself, witnessing and being a part of human evolution. However, over time, we tend to choose sides with the fabric of our choice and they become our end all be all. History has witnessed several tussles among fabrics, each claiming its superiority over the other and today we will be talking about one such age-old debate- Cotton Vs Linen.
Cotton Vs Linen- Which is more popular?
There is no doubt about the fact that cotton by far is more widely used around the globe. It is one of the most popular fabrics in the world and has been a close ally of mankind for a long time now. It is not hard to gauge the reasons for this immense popularity that cotton enjoys. It is lightweight, versatile, easy to make and affordable. It is often the go-to choice for most people on a hot and humid day. Now, while these qualities of cotton are well accounted for is cotton the only fabric that embodies all of these qualities? Amidst this insane popularity of cotton, do we tend to overlook a fabric that not only possesses all these qualities but on many occasions outshine cotton too?
One such fabric which deserves more visibility for the quality it bears is linen. Linen is one of the oldest fabrics known to man and has been man’s constant ally throughout the entire process of evolution. Although many adore linen and wouldn’t have anything over it, linen continues to be viewed largely as a fabric meant merely for summer wear. Let us break this myth and show you how linen can be a worthy competitor of cotton in almost all spheres
Linen Vs Cotton Bedding
Let us delve into the sphere of home and interior decor first. Cotton bedding is widely used around the world for many qualities that it imbibes. Cotton can be woven into soft bedding items and can be a good choice when it comes to summer. However, it doesn’t have great moisture-wicking qualities and can hence take longer to dry. This might not bore very well on a humid night. It also doesn’t boast of any heat retention quality, there not making it ideal for chilly nights.
Now let’s talk about linen. To begin with, linen is a much more durable and stronger fabric as compared to cotton. And unlike most other fabrics, linen ages gracefully like a wine. Most fabrics will lose their charm and start to fade after a few washes, but then hey, linen is not like most fabrics. Not only will linen last longer, but it will continue to survive with all its glory.
The next property that linen boasts of which should undoubtedly make it the Queen of bedding is its temperature regulating quality. It can keep you cool on a hot and sultry night, and it can also keep you warm and snug on a frost, chilly night. Not to mention it has amazing moisture absorption qualities, which means it will dry up much faster on an uncomfortable humid night.
So, if enjoying a blissful good night’s sleep is what you are looking for, then linen is the answer.
Linen Vs Cotton Clothing
Now let us talk about the elephant in the room, line vs cotton clothing. It is no surprise that cotton is cherished by everyone as being a favourite when it comes to summertime clothing. The reason behind this fanfare is also not hard to see. Its light and breathable nature make it an apt choice for summers. The same qualities are possessed by linen too and when it comes to summerwear, linen does get its fair share of acknowledgement.
Now let’s delve into the nuances. One of the spheres where linen stands as a clear winner is when it comes to durability. Your favourite cotton top may start losing its charm after few washes and over time the quality of the fabric itself may start to deteriorate. However, linen, the wine of the fabric won’t put you through that trauma. It will continue to be amazing and make you look amazing for a long time.
Let’s talk about convenience, shall we? We all love stuff that is low maintenance, and in the fabric world low maintenance=linen. A fabric that doesn’t require much ironing, that dries up in a jiffy and possessed anti-bacterial qualities. It’s almost like a gift that doesn’t stop giving. This leaves no doubt about which fabric wins this round. So make the smart choice and opt for linen
Let’s talk about the planet
We have debated enough about the eternal contest between cotton and linen when it comes to our personal needs. Now let’s deliberate as to which one is better for our mother nature. Linen is far less resource hungry than most fabrics. It is derived from flax plants which can grow even in inhospitable soil. It requires much less water as a cotton plant would require to produce the same amount of cotton. To add on to it, flax plants require zero to almost nil pesticides while growing while cotton plant requires a significant amount of external chemical agents to produce a decent yield.
The tale doesn’t end here. Unlike many other fabrics, linen fibres can be processed without using any chemicals. This leaves not even a morsel of doubt as to which fabric is the clear winner when it comes to sustainability and the environment.
Be it in the department of aesthetics, durability, practicality or nature, linen seems to have emerged as a clear winner in all these departments. So it’s about time we start acknowledging and appreciating linen for the endless love and gift that it has to offer and embrace it not only for us but also for the environment.