- linen releases heat off your body efficiently
- ideal for warm weather
- extremely breathable
- keeps you feeling fresh
The rate at which fabrics transfer heat is referred to as their heat conductivity. Linen has high heat conductivity due to its chemical structure, which means it disperses heat quickly. This high heat conductivity is sometimes referred to as high heat resistance. On top of its high heat conductivity, linen is also and air permeability. What governs a fabric’s air permeability is how rough or hairy a fabric is. A rough hairy fabric will trap air, slowing its movement and transfer heat. In the case of linen, the fibers are long, wide and smooth, which allows air to pass through with ease – it has high heat conductivity and high air permeability. These two features are what make linen the fresh and cool feeling fabric.
Linen is ideal for warm climates in that it does not restrict the body’s natural ability to regulate its temperature. In cold climates linen may be used as a first layer with less heat conductive layers, such as wool, on top. This combination will assist in keeping the body’s surface dry and allow natural temperature regulation. Linen is the perfect summertime fabric.