Made from the fibers of the flax plant, linen is a popular textile material. The fiber has a long staple (individual fiber length) relative to cotton and other natural fibers. It dries faster than cotton. A laborious process is needed to make it very strong and absorbent.
Linen textiles have been found to have been used in ancient times. It was used as a currency in ancient Egypt. Modern day linen is not coarse like that of olden days.
Garments made of linen are valued for their exceptional coolness and freshness in hot and humid weather. Aprons, bags, towels (swimming, bath, beach, body and wash towels), napkins, bed linens, tablecloths, runners, chair covers, and men's and women's wear are made out of linen.