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26 August 2014

Reasons for using 100% Flax Linen for Your Garments and Sheets

Posted in General Information



While researching linen, I found many Scriptural reasons as well as scientific benefits which explain
why Flax Linen is such a wonderful fabric.
Here are just a few:

~ Bed Sore Resistant: According to Japanese medical research studies,
bed-ridden patients do NOT develop bedsores when linen bed sheets are used.

~ Compatible: The flax cell is highly compatible with the human cell. 

~ Hygroscopic, Permeable:   Linen rapidly absorbs moisture (water, sweat and other body fluids);
yet, it also yields moisture rapidly making it highly hygroscopic.
 
~ Hygienic: Linen is considered to be hygienic helping to relieve allergies and is used to filter fallout, radiation and gamma rays.

~ Filters:   Homes are known to collect radioactive gas such as radon,
especially after the installation of tightly sealing plastic windows.
 
~ Thermogenic:  Linen is comprised of heat conductivity and high air permeability properties.
Its heat conductivity is 5 times higher than wool’s and 19 times than that of silk. 

~ Support Hormones: These properties help make a patient feel fresh and cool; yet,
 helps keep them warmer or cooler as it is an adaptogen to the present temperature needed. 

~ Anti-static:  Probably due to its 5,000 signature frequency and ability to reduce static in the body,
 Linen is known for helping to reduce fatigue and lift spirits. 

~ EMF Friendly:  Some studies indicate that the body may be protected from
 damaging electromagnetic frequencies especially when near electronic appliances,   computers,  Wi-Fi, cell phones, etc. 

~ Purity of White: The studies on the colour white and the reflection of light in linen is known to increase the body’s frequency energy adding more life and energy to those wearing and  using linen.
 
~ Promotes Restful Sleep: Reported by many to promote better rest and sleep.

~ Durability: Linen is durable.  Unlike some cottons that yellow with time,
 linen is prone to remain white and softer with each wash.

~ Hypo-allergenic:  Helps avoid allergies causes by other fibres.

~ Burns: Burn and sunburn victims and those with problematic or hypersensitive skin
 or who suffer from dermatological disorders are often prescribed to sleep in or on
 white linen bedding to help relieve pain and discomfort.

~ Promotes Good Stewardship:  Helps us to be good stewards of YHWH’s creation and promote a balanced environment since flax is a renewable resource and the linen produced from it is fully Biodegradable.

~ Anti-Viral:  Recent research conducted has confirmed that choosing pure linen sheets
 and clothing allowing for daily contact with the flax fabric may help to promote and increase the blood levels of immunoglobulin.

~ Odour Resistant:  Pure linen helps to destroy bad odours. 

~ Fertility Support:  Recent studies have demonstrated that female fertility
may be significantly increased by sleeping and procreating on pure white linen sheets.

26 August 2014

What is Pure Linen???

Posted in General Information

Benefits of Pure Linen

What is Pure Linen?

Pure Linen is a natural fibre, made from the stalk of the flax plant.
It is regarded in Europe as the best quality fabric.
Europeans have long favoured linen for their sheeting because of its amazing properties.
It softens the more it is used and washed, is extremely durable and can last for decades when cared for correctly.
It is not uncommon that European families will pass linen sheets on to the younger generation as a family heirloom.
Vintage linen is very desirable, it’s soft and the feeling is very hard to replicate by any mechanical process.
Anyone that has trawled the antique shops of Italy would know that antique linen bedding is a highly prized and expensive commodity.

Benefits of Pure Linen:

Linen is a very durable fibre and has many benefits over cotton.
-          Linen is 30% stronger than cotton
-          Has a high moisture absorbency
-          Hypo-allergenic
-          Highly breathable
-          Structurally sound fibre so products keep their shape
-          Environmentally friendly – less water and chemicals to cultivate

26 August 2014

A History of Linen

Posted in General Information

Linen is a natural fibre, made from the stems of the flax plant.
Plain, cool, natural, long-lasting and elegant, linen was the most frequently
used material after cotton in weaving in ancient times. According to the Egyptians,
the God Isis was the founder of weaving and invented linen in order to wrap the body of his wife Osiris.
In this era, linen cloths from Babylon were considered excellent.
Egyptians manufactured linen by using various weaving techniques and used linen to dress / wrap
their deceased tyrants and kings (mummies were wrapped in pure linen).
Linen was also popular in the Roman period and widespread throughout the Empire.
During the Middle Ages, in France, when linen was found to heal skin diseases, it became more popular.
With the invention of the loom in the 18th century, linen began to be used in large quantities.
Linen, which is often used in upholstery since it is long-lasting, doesn't hold dust or fade in sunlight.
It is bright and cool and can be used just about anywhere as it becomes more beautiful as it ages.

 One of the oldest pieces of linen fabric that can still be found in the Museum in Italy.

Here is a old woman weaving a piece of linen fabric...

This is how Linen was cared for and maintained in the old days...

15 August 2014

Why does my filling keep moving???

Posted in General Information, Duvets & Pillows

Helping to understand and choose the best...

What are the different types of construction and which one is the best?

There are a number of ways to construct a duvet. The construction of less luxurious duvets will tend to be in channels,
where the filling is enclosed in channels that are sewn through in the length of the duvet.
The problem though with this type of construction is that during the cleaning process and while in use,
the filling will move to the bottom or top of the duvet (Exactly where you don’t want it).

 

Another type of construction will be the quilted duvet, where smaller sections are created.
These are normally also sewn through, which means the create pockets. These products can be safely laundered
although care must still be taken to follow the care label instructions closely.

 

The following type is box construction, and it is literally like a box. It has sides and filling in between.
It is a more expensive process and it is a superior product and can safely be washed and tumble dried.

08 August 2014

Why does my filling keep moving???

Posted in General Information, Duvets & Pillows

Helping to understand and choose the best...

What makes the difference between luxurious and less luxurious duvet and pillow casings?
Does your pillow look like this??? If so keep reading...

 

The less luxurious products are generally covered with casings made up from non - woven or poly-cotton fabrics,
as these are a less expensive options. The drawback of this type of cover is that it is only suitable for polyester and
hollow fibre inners as micro fibre and down filling will penetrate through the cover,
because of the construction being too open.

The more luxurious products will have coverings made from down proof pure cotton fabrics.
These types of covers are suitable for all filling including down.
The whole idea is that the down proof fabric is so tightly constructed that it will not
allow the down cluster or the feather to come through.

21 July 2014

A Natural, Eco-Friendly Fibre

Posted in General Information, Blankets and throws

Unique Qualities

A Natural, Eco-Friendly Fibre

Angora goats are shorn twice a year and are not harmed in any way during the process. In the persuit of perfection, their fleece has been refined through consistently high breeding standards and meticulous genetic selection.

Angora goats thrive in the Karoo, with it’s combination of hot, dry summers, cold winters and semi - desert vegetation. The combination of Versatile by nature, mohair is coveted by the world’s fashion industry elite, as well as by interior designers, craft specialists, etc.
Mohair manufacturers maximize on the fibre’s unrivalled natural beauty, capatalizing on it’s rare, natural qualities, which include :

Lustre: The fibre’s natural lustre gives garments a silky sheen. It’s the ideal garment to wear day or night.

Lightweight: The fabric is luxuriously lightweight and renowned for it’s versatility - Cool in summer and Warm in winter.

Dye-responsive: Mohair responds magnificently to dyes, retaining even the most brilliant colours over time.

Climate control: Mohair breathes, absorbing and releasing atmospheric moisture and controlling it’s own ‘climate’ to ensure optimal comfort.

Durability: Because of it’s pliability, mohair is rated as one of the world’s most durable natural fibres.

Crease resistant: Products made from Mohair have an innate elasticity, which ensures they hold their shape.

Non-flammable: Mohair is virtually non - flammable, keeping you safe and chic all year round.

Best practice farming and best enviroment for Angora goats has set South Africa apart.
South African Mohair is globally acknowledged as one of the finest natural fibres money can buy.
The added beauty of Mohair is that it is a renewable, natural resource, providing a sustainable production chain between animal and human, while contributing long-term properity to the Karoo region.

 Our Hinterveld collection of blankets and throws are catogorized in four sections:

Beautiful Story -  ( 70% Mohair, 24% Wool and 6% Nylon ) A playful friendship of neutral and bright colours, understated patterns and contemporary designs, bring an element of natural beauty and character to any Home.

Maxhosa - (70% Mohair, 24% Wool and 6% Nylon ) Blankets and Throws are valuable and precious treasures in the African culture, from the corn blankets of the Sotho, to the burnt orange blankets of the Xhosa and the colourful blankets of the Ndebele.

Natural elegance - ( 80% Kid Mohair and 20% Silk ) A collection crafted from one of the world’s most sustainable natural resources, Kid Mohair.

Opening Night - ( 80% Merino Wool and 20% Kid Mohair ) Experience the beauty of a luxurious weave of fibres with a distinctive hand - knotted finish. Conveniently machine washable.

15 July 2014

Mohair ... The Noble Fibre

Posted in Blankets and throws

Now some are thinking. . .

Does Mohair scratch?
Some yarns are just “pokier” than others, making itchy items, however, when the mohair is nicely contained within the blend it is quite soft.

Are Mohair Products made in South Africa?
The Hinterveld Range of products are 100% South African made and available in various exciting colours. These blankets and Throws are ideal to keep you warm in the cold months ahead, and are also very decorative.

Where does the Mohair originate from?
The main material that is being used is the fleece from the Angora goat, which is farmed and found on the plains of the Karoo.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


From the Catwalks of the world to the wardrobes and homes of the rich and famous, runs a thread woven from the noble South African fibre.

The fleece of the Angora goat, dates back thousands of years to the Tibetan Himalayas, from where the goats originated.
Mohair today is one of the world’s most saught after natural fibres, with two centuries of refinement by the South African textile industry behind it.

The Founding of the Mohair industry in South Africa was a stroke of good luck after the Sultan of Turkey sent twelve infertile ( Unable to reproduce ) Angora rams and one ewe to South Africa in 1838.
Unknown to the Sultan, the ewe was pregnant and gave birth to a ram kid ( Baby Angora ), therefor establishing the Angora breeding life in South Africa.

These beautiful and very gentle animals ultimately found their way to the Karoo region of South Africa’s Eastern Cape, where great flocks of goats are now farmed.

Mohair is known worldwide as ‘The Noble Fibre” or “The Diamond Fibre”. It’s exclusive qualities - lustre, resilience and colour reflection - have been it’s success, and the South African textile industry has grown into the global leader, producing the world’s best Mohair.

Watch our blog for our next article.

13 June 2014

Filling ... Which to choose???

Posted in General Information, Duvets & Pillows

What you don't know about the inside of your Duvet

Filling ... Which to choose???

Most duvets and pillows used are filled with either down and feather (natural) or products such as Polyester hollow fibre,

 fibre balls or micro fibre (synthetic). 

 

Let’s take a look at Synthetic filling first. These fillings were made up of various types of polyester fibre.

 Originally plain polyester fibres were used and this progressed to hollow fibres. Hollow fibre balls came next as they trapped more air than the plain hollow fibre.

 Next came Polyester Micro fibre that is siliconised. This aspect was added to prevent the clumping of the polyester fibres making them washable and tumble dry safe.

 The motivation behind the progression was to reduce the weight of the filling in the duvet while still getting the highest amount of air trapped which creates the warmth.

 

There are quite a number of natural type fills that can be used:

 

        

                                       Cotton filling - Which is not very commonly

used and is washable. They have a very low tog rating and is mostly used in Summer.

 

 

 Silk’s generally have a low tog rating, are

not very commonly used and cannot be washed.

 

 Wool filling - These type of duvets are light, cannot be washed and also not commonly used.

 Duck down and feather or Goose down and 

feather are very commonly used and are very popular. Generally goose - and duck down duvets can be washed and tumble dried if they are manufactured correctly.

 

The table below serves as a general Tog rating guide:

 

TABLE OF DUVET FILLING TYPES

Type of filling

Natural / Synthetic

Allergic Potential

Tog rating

Cotton

Natural

No

4 - 6 Tog

Silk

Natural

No

4 - 8 Tog

Wool 

Natural

No

4 - 8 Tog

Polyester Hollow Fibre

 

Synthetic

 

No

 

4 - 10 Tog

Polyester Micro Fibre

 

Synthetic

 

No

 

4 - 12 Tog

Duck down & Feather

 

Natural

 

Yes

 

4 - 14 Tog

Goose down & Feather

 

Natural

 

Yes 

 

4 - 16 Tog

 

 

05 June 2014

How to choose your Duvet according to Tog rating ...

Posted in General Information, Duvets & Pillows

A guide to making an informed Duvet selection

How to choose your Duvet according to Tog rating ...

Tog rating is a measure of warmth of a Duvet and is determined by placing the Duvet onto a surface over a heated plate ( to mimic body heat ) and the amount of heat that escapes from the duvet during this process is measured.
The warmth of a duvet is therefore directly related to the amount of air that the filling traps, as the air serves as an insulator that assist in keeping the body warm. Keep in mind that the casing will also trap a small amount of air and in effect heat.

The higher the Tog rating, the warmer the Duvet and it's suitablility for use in winter.

See the table below for an indication of tog rating and the suitablility of the duvetsfor use in various seasons and climates.


With more than 10 varieties of natural fibre filled duvets and synthetic fibre filled duvets on offer raging from light 3 tog to extra warm 15 tog duvets, our expertise and affordable collections are a winning combination for the perfect night sleep. . .

16 March 2014

Some winter Blanket fun......Brrrrrrrr are you prepared?

Posted in Blankets and throws

Fight the cold this winter with blankets in all colours & sizes

Horizon Cotton ThrowsWinter is starting to stretch its icy fingers. Though in many parts of the world summer is approaching, a lot of countries are preparing for winter.

We decided to give you a glimpse of our range of blankets so that you can choose one (or two) that suit your need. We cater for all seasons. Take a look at the lovely pics and for more information on colour choices and sizes, take a look at our website now.

04 March 2014

Why Egyptian Cotton? Heard that rumour about Egyptian Cotton bedding? Is it true?

Posted in General Information, Bed Linen

Read on to learn more.

Why Egyptian Cotton? Heard that rumour about Egyptian Cotton bedding? Is it true?

 

 

Should I buy Egyptian cotton linen or a good 200T/C percale?

 Now, if we’re honest, most of us have at some point in our lives been confronted with the ‘facts’ around Egyptian Cotton and wondered about how this compares to normal Upland cotton as it is referred to in the industry. You may have read up about the choices too, but did you really understand what it’s about? Is there merit in all the fuss? Lets see...

 On the technical side: Egyptian Cotton is a cultivar of cotton known as Pima cotton and is originally grown in North & South America and in Egypt. It is generally known that Pima (Egyptian) cotton has on average, a longer length and strength in the fibre than normal cotton. It therefore stands to reason that it should in fact be superior in strength and also more durable. This is where the interesting part comes in…. Far from going into all the nitty gritty details of the manufacturing process, the short and sweet of it is that there are many factors that affect the final outcome of the quality of the fabric. If the manufacturing process is not controlled correctly, more damage than good can be done to the end product.

 

What is the point of knowing this you might ask? Well, you should be able to make an informed decision when purchasing bedding, especially when considering whether or not to buy Egyptian cotton. If you want to make climbing into bed at night the highlight of your day, then this is very important.

 

The reality is that today there are many options of normal cotton that will give you as long a lifespan as Egyptian cotton and sometimes even longer. It is very difficult to know the difference as it is, so our advice is to make sure you buy your bed linen from a reputable supplier. Naturally, take your preference into account, as most Egyptian cotton bedding is made in a sateen weave, giving it that beautiful smooth surface. If you prefer the crisp feel of cotton, remember that a good 200- or 300T/C normal pure cotton percale will serve you just as well. There certainly is a space for both in the market. Finally, be alert, ask questions, and enjoy your choice in the end. Either way, knowing your options will help you make the best choice for you.

 

 

06 February 2014

“Confusing bed linen sizes?” Follow this guide to buying the correct size bedding.

Posted in Bed Linen

Ever struggle with that tight fitted cotton sheet? Read on for no more fuss.

“Confusing bed linen sizes?” Follow this guide to buying the correct size bedding.

My pillow doesn’t fill the pillow case, what has gone wrong? Simple....sizing.

 

Recently, on a welcome break away holiday, we stayed in an establishment in Las Vegas.  Now of course, being in the bedding industry, we tend to naturally take note of the bedding in all the places we stay. What interested us were a few unexpected yet common mistakes that many make. First things first, ask yourself, have you ever run around the bed trying to make the fitted or flat sheet cover the mattress without success? If so, do read on......

The following are things to consider when buying new bed linen.

  1. Know the size of your bed – Yes of course you must know if it is a double, queen or king size bed (for example) but you must also know if it is standard or extra length as well as the depth of the mattress.

  2. Know the size of the pillows. Are the pillows a standard size of 45 x 70 cm or a king size 50 x 90 cm?  (Pictures below, pillow case in Las Vegas – inner far too small for the cover)

    3.  Buy the correct size products. Ensure that the fitted and flat sheets match the size of the mattress - especially consider the depth. Ensure that the pillow cases and duvet covers match the size of the pillows and duvets. If the “off the shelf” items do not match your mattress then ask us to customise the bed linen for you.

    4.  Buy from a reputable supplier. Ensure that the bed linen has been oversized to allow for shrinkage that will take place during the laundry process.

    Remember to consider comfort, durability and size when next going on your bed linen shopping spree. Do take a look at our site for an indication of sizing on our cotton sheets. Also, ask, ask, ask to make sure you get what you need..  

     

     

     

    All in all, whether you are in the hospitality industry or even in your own home, the reality is that having bedding that fits and is well presented will add to the overall ambiance of the bedroom and the positive experience of your guests.

     

 

            

 

 

25 January 2014

“How do I know what duvet to buy?” THE ISSUE OF SIZE.

Posted in Duvets & Pillows

Ever wonder why your duvet doesn’t cover the bed? We’ll tell you why.

 My Hubby is always hogging the duvet. Guess what, we have the solution.

Freezing at night because your partner has hogged the duvet is not what you’d call ideal. Right? Most of the time, this is because the duvet is the wrong size. Now spending money on a good quality inner (and cover) is definitely worth while, making sure it’s the ideal size is almost as important. Now if you’d like to know more, read on......

 

You’ve spent the money and the duvet is all it promised to be, yet you never see any of it. Have you looked at your bed size lately? Odd as this may sound, it’s key to solving your problem. Say for instance you have a king size bed you’d buy a king size duvet, right...this may be wrong. This is what you’ve been told or taught as being the norm. And though there is nothing wrong with this, it does affect how much of the duvet you’ll have.

 These days, most mattresses are extra deep, so already you lose some coverage here. Add in some extras (like humans and pets) and away goes the duvet. You might be placing two beds together, for unexpected guests or as a standard in a Guesthouse or Hotel. Point is you need to keep everyone happy.

So, let’s talk facts. If you have two Single beds and push them together, you’d end up with a King size bed. (Table below measurements – Bed sizes on the left versus duvet sizes across the top). When working with the table, the cm’s indicated give the overhang on either side of the bed. A king duvet will have a 23.5cm overhang on each side on a king bed. So if for instance you have a 30cm deep mattress your duvet will not cover the mattress. (Oxford or S/Stitch duvet covers – add overhang of 7cm’s more.) So if you’re fighting the nightly tug of war fight, take a look and invest in the right size duvet.Does that sound like the solution you need? Well then Go ahead, snuggle up and enjoy!!

 

DUVET  SIZES

BED SIZES

 

SINGLE 130x200    

¾              150x200

DOUBLE 200x200

QUEEN 230x200

KING 230x220

S/KING 260x220

SINGLE

92x190/200

19cm

29cm

 

 

 

 

3/4   

107x190/200

 

21.5cm

46.5cm

 

 

 

DOUBLE 137x190/200

 

 

31.5cm

46.5cm

 

 

QUEEN 152x190/200

 

 

 

39cm

39cm

 

KING

183x190/200

 

 

 

 

23.5cm

38.5cm

 

11 July 2013

The big Pillow fight...How to choose and distinguish between filling types & more.

Posted in Duvets & Pillows, Your Comfort

Good morning good morning. Today I’d like to talk to you about a question that we are often asked in the hospitality industry as well as the private sector. This question is, "What are the different types of pillows one gets and how do they compare to each other, and of course, which is the best to buy." The summary below contains the variety of pillows that we here at Linen Drawer generally supply to the hospitality industry (Please note this information applies specifically to our products):

02 November 2012

Stains – Fatty or Coloured…or worse….both.

Posted in Stain removal

All of us have struggled with stains at some point in our lives. Whether it is in a restaurant, guesthouse or hotel or at home with clothes and more. There is nothing worse than sitting with a stain and not knowing what to do.

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