Made from the beautiful flax grass plant, linen begins as a long fibrous stem and transforms into the strong silky yarn you see in our lscarves and napkins. Linen is one of the oldest textiles made by man. Woven dyed flax fibres were found in a prehistoric cave in Georgia dating back 36,000 years – a testament to its long life and resilience, that's for sure!
As you probably know if you've been following us for a while, Ireland was the world’s largest producer of linen in the nineteenth century and the industry was predominantly based in the North of Ireland. There, thousands of people and entire communities were wholly employed in the production of growing and processing flax and weaving linen. Today the properties of Irish linen are of great interest to us in Stable. Never has there been a time when we've needed linen more. It is a near-perfect, natural, recyclable, sustainable fabric to use across clothing, household linens, furnishings and industry. Here's why.
The fact that linen grows out of the earth is good for everything. It's a crop that provides work for communities. It regrows every year and if well managed the land is minimally impacted. The entire plant is used in production so there's no waste, and compared to cotton, it uses far less water and is much more weather-resistant.
It's good for us
Linen is a breathable fabric, perfect for when it's hot and when it's cold. People with sensitive skin find linen soft enough to wear. And the flax plant doesn't only produce natural fibres for linen yarns; it also yields flax seeds, which are rich in oils, fibres and nutrients that are great for our bodies.
Well-cared-for linen will last and last. There are many examples of tablecloths and homeware that are generations old. This makes it possible for us to reuse and reimagine what our linen can be and then. At the end of its life, being a plant-based fibre, it biodegrades beautifully and naturally and the earth can take it back.
Linen is surely nature’s answer to a sustainable fabric choice. The entire plant is utilised for a whole spectrum of uses across clothing, home accessories, health care and the beauty industry. We love linen, and Irish linen in particular. We'll continue to champion its qualities and properties to spread the love!
The Ultra Skinny 10 x 200cm
The Skinny 20 x 200cm
The Single Large 75 x 150cm
The Double Long 30 x 200cm
The Travel Mask:
At this time we only produce in 1 size, Medium. Currently, we are NOT able to produce in Large due to production limitations during the COVID-19 lockdown. These are adult sizes only. We do not currently make masks for children.
We recommended mask size selection dimensions based on average face ratios. A women’s faces tends to be smaller than a man’s face so typically women will require a Medium and men will require a Large. We do recommend you check the size required by following our measuring guide below before ordering.
The dimensions of The Travel Mask are -
Medium: 23.5cm wide and 12.5cm high
Large: 26.5cm wide x 14.5cm high
So to select your size use this guide - with a measuring tape, measure the distance across the middle of your face over the tip of your nose to within 2cm from each ear. Next measure the distance between your chin to the bridge of your nose.
For Medium Travel masks -
Cross face measurements will be between 25cm and 28cm. Chin to the bridge of nose measurements will be between 10cm and 13cm.
For Large Travel Masks -
Cross face measurements will be between 28cm and 31cm. Chin to the bridge of nose measurements will be between 13cm and 16cm.