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  • Linen is a textile made from the fibers of the flax plant, Linum usitatissimum. Linen is laborious to manufacture, but garments made of it are valued for exceptional coolness and freshness in hot weather. Many products are made of linen: aprons, bags, towels, napkins, bed linens, tablecloths, runners, chair covers, and men's & women's wear. The word "linen" is of West Germanic origin and cognate to the Latin name for the flax plant linum, and the earlier Greek λινόν. This word history has given rise to a number of other terms in English, most notably line, from the use of a linen thread to determine a straight line. Textiles in a linen weave texture, even when made of cotton, hemp and other non-flax fibers, are also loosely referred to as "linen". Such fabrics generally have their own specific names also, for example fine cotton yarn in a linen-style weave is called Madapolam. The collective term "linens" is still often used generically to describe a class of woven and even knitted bed, bath, table and kitchen textiles traditionally made of linen. Wikipedia
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