Our Love of Linen

Metta Melbourne has become well known for our premium linen garments and we have fallen in love with this gorgeous material.  
Linen, which is technically a vegetable, is made from the cellulose fibers that grow inside of the stalks of the flax plant, or Linum usitatissimum, one of the strongest fibers available today and oldest cultivated plants in human history, dating back to at least 36,000 years BC. Due to its hardwearing and biodegradable qualities, linen is favoured by many for having a lower impact on the environment than other materials.  
It is naturally breathable, anti-bacterial, anti-allergenic, and biodegradable. It is both humidity and heat-friendly, yet thermo-regulating and easy to take care of. We love that it softens with time and reveals its natural qualities through gorgeous textures and wrinkles with wear.
The flax plant can be grown without the use of watering or artificial fertilisers. When the field is done blooming, the stalks ripen and dry on the field before being processed into a thread that maintains a slight unevenness giving the fabric the lively natural expression we have fallen in love with.
After each wash, linen feels as though it has come back to life, and is ready to begin a new day with you. It is best washed inside-out to prevent the surface fibres from being worn down over time. Wash at 30 degrees or on a cool setting and hang to dry, preferably not in direct sunlight . If you choose to use your trusty iron, avoid pressing around the creases and seams, as this can weaken the fabric and if it is too hot, can even scorch the linen fibres. 
All Metta Melbourne garments are washed and pre-shrunk, ready to be worn and loved for years to come. We also have a fabric care page, with more care tips for your Metta Melbourne garments.