Linen is an ancient natural fiber made from the stalk of the flax plant and is one of the very first fibers that people made into string and cloth. Flax is a tall, reed-like plant with long fibers which make it easy to spin into thread. Linen is regarded in Europe as the best quality fabric in the world. It softens the more it is used and washed, is extremely durable and lasts decades when cared for correctly, and even improves with age! Linen is 30% stronger than cotton, has a high moisture absorbency, is hypo-allergenic and highly breathable. It is also one of the most environmentally friendly fabrics as it requires very little water and chemicals to cultivate.