How to Care for Linen?

Made from the fibres of the flax plant, linen is a natural fabric with its own set of unique properties. Linen fabric breathes well, helping to regulate your body temperature as well as wicking away moisture from your skin.
Most linen clothing will shrink slightly when washed so consider that when you purchase clothes. As a general rule, Linen dresses, shirts, shorts, skirts and pants can be machine laundered on the delicate or short cycle with a cold water wash and rinse. Use a mild detergent formulated for delicate fabrics. If your Linen clothes become stained, try removing the spot with club soda. It is best to test an inconspicuous spot for colourfastness. Never use bleach on Linen garments! Set your iron on the linen setting and iron while the garment is still damp. The heat from the iron will dry the fabric and remove wrinkles more effectively, if your garment is completely dry, spritz with water while ironing or use a steam iron.
Press linen clothes on the wrong side or use a pressing cloth to prevent shiny spots. This is particularly important with darker colours. Avoid folding Linen clothes instead hang them in a closet with plenty of room to prevent wrinkling.  


How to Care for Ramie?
Ramie fibres come from the stem of a nettle plant called China grass. The stems are processed in a manner similar to that used for transforming flax fibres into linen fabrics. A coarse, lustrous plant fibre similar to linen; often blended with cotton, silk, and some synthetics. Resistant to shrinkage, insects, and mildew, but wrinkles easily.  Handwashing is always the best and safest method for washing ramie. Another option is machine wash in cold or warm water to prevent shrinking or stretching. Ramie clothes can be line dried or tumble-dried on low to medium heat. 
To remove wrinkles, steaming is recommended for the best and safest finish. To iron, hover over delicate items using the steam setting, or press using the lowest temperature setting. Please be aware that dump hot ironing may cause colour changes in your textile, especially in dark colours! 


Fibre Blends and Combinations
Fibre blends and combinations are those fabrics in which two or more textile fibres are used. The fibres can be blended or combined in various yarn and fabric structures.
Blended fabrics are woven or knitted from yarns which have been made by blending two or more fibres together before they are spun into yarn.
Combination fabrics are those which contain two or more different types of fibres; the warp or filling yarns may be a blended fibre and the yarn in the other direction may be a single fibre. Union fabrics have warp yarns made of one fibre and filling yarns made of another.
In blends the addition of natural fibres will:
  • Increase moisture absorbency
  • Provide greater comfort
  • Reduce static electricity
  • Improve aesthetic appeal
In blends the addition of synthetic fibres will:
  • Improve strength
  • Improve wash and wear characteristics
  • Minimize shrinking or stretching
  • Improve abrasion resistance
  • Improve wrinkle resistance and recovery
  • Improve pleat and crease retention
  • Add lustre or sheen
In the case of mixed fibres please always follow the care instructions. If not sure how to wash and care for your item, use rather cooler temperatures to wash and iron or please contact studiobabiana@gmail.com



Using proper methods of washing, drying, and storing clothes is sustainable. It will help your textiles to last longer and make them look better!