Handloom Linen Saree from Bhagalpur
Handloom linen by linen saree from Bhagalpur
Product Code: LINBG12
Shipping Details: Dispatched in 7 to 10 business days
Measurements: Saree: Length – 6.5 meters, Width – 45 inches
Care: Dry Clean
This product is hand woven and there might be slight irregularities. These add to the unique charm of this exquisite piece.
Linen is a natural fiber, made from the stalk of a flax plant. Linen was the first fiber used to weave fabric and dates back over 8,000 years. It was first used by Mediterranean civilizations and was then quickly adopted by Europe where it reached high popularity during the medieval times. Europeans have long favored linen for their sheeting because of its amazing properties. It softens the more it is used and washed, is extremely durable and lasts decades when cared for correctly. The finest linen comes from Europe, and specifically from Belgium, where an optimal climate and rich soil allows for strong, beautiful flax. With Belgian linen, you’ll experience sarees with higher quality fibers.
In recent times, linens are used for sarees and clothing. Ethnic Collage curates handwoven linen sarees from all over India.
History of Linen
In Central Asia, people were spinning linen thread and rope by about 30,000 BC, long before wool. It took longer to invent weaving, but by 5000 BC, at the latest, people were weaving linen into fabric. In the first millennium BC, people in North Africa, Egypt, and Sudan, and West Asia mostly wore linen, while Greeks and West Asians and Germans mostly wore wool. By the Roman period, however, many Europeans wore linen tunics for comfort with wool robes over them for warmth, and in the Middle Ages in Europe this continued to be common.
How is Linen Made?
The flax plants are pulled from the ground rather than being cut to retain the full length of the fiber. The harvested plants are soaked in water until the woody section decomposes and it becomes easier to separate the soft fibers. This process is called retting the flax. Extracting the linen fibers from the flax plant is a time-consuming process. The fibers are spun on a spindle into linen threads. Linen can be spun into thick strong threads or very fine threads depending on the skill of the spinner and the usage requirement.
How is Linen different from Cotton?
Handwoven linen fabrics are heavier than their cotton counterparts, and they are approximately 30 percent stronger. They often feel crisper initially, though through time and use, linen fabrics become soft and supple to the touch. Linen boasts longevity, luster, and lovely drape. As linen fibers are thicker than cotton fibers, a lower thread count is necessary to guarantee high quality, enduring linen fabric.
Linen is well known for its absorbency; it can absorb up to 20 percent of its weight in moisture. Handwoven linen sarees should be washed in cold water on a gentle cycle dried on low heat.
Why does the Price of Linen Sarees Differ Drastically?
The cost of the handwoven linen sarees depends on the quality, weft, design, and uniqueness of the saree. The quality differs with the cost.
Ethnic Collage has a varied collection of handwoven linen sarees. The material used in the weft defines the type of saree. For instance, we have Cotton Linen saree where the weft is cotton; then there is Silk Line saree where the weft is silk. We also have pure linen or Linen by Linen sarees in which the weft and warp are both linen.
Ethnic Collage also has a collection of Tussar Linen sarees in which linen is blended with tusaar. The cost of the handwoven linen sarees also depends on the motifs or designs that are printed or hand painted on them.
The range of handwoven linen sarees at Ethnic Collage is affordable for everyone.