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While modern technology continues to open the door to new, high-performance synthetic fibers, sometimes the best solutions have been around for thousands of years. Linen is one such fabric: a naturally sustainable and unbeatably breathable textile with properties ideal for the heat of summer.

What is linen?

Linen is an ancient textile, made for centuries from the stalks of the flax plant. Cool, breathable, and lightweight, linen could be considered the original performance fabric for hot weather. Linen's unique fiber properties wick moisture from the body, helping to create a fabric that is cool and comfortable in warm weather.

So linen and flax are the same thing?

Yes. The word linen is derived from the Latin word for the flax plant, linum.

How is flax produced?

Grown predominantly in Europe, flax is a hardy plant that requires little water, and no pesticides or fertilizers. As a result, it’s naturally sustainable compared to land- and fertilizer-intensive crops like traditional cotton.

Why choose linen?

Linen’s proven warm weather performance—alone and in blends—is complemented by its environmental sustainability. Linen is a natural fiber that’s biodegradable when blended with other natural fibers, and flax requires little water and no pesticides, fertilizers, or herbicides to produce.

Where does Nau use linen?

We blend linen with silky, moisture-wicking Tencel® fibers to create light, breathable and elegantly textured warm-weather dresses and shorts. For a selection of products featuring linen, click here.

Is Nau’s linen certified organic?

Our linen is not certified organic, but because of flax’s natural hardiness, it does not require any chemical pesticides or fertilizers because of its natural hardiness.

Does linen have special care requirements?

Linen requires generally the same level of care as cotton. For woven products, we recommend removing from dryer quickly to reduce wrinkling and creasing. For specific instructions, please refer to the care label in your Nau garment.