By Camilla Swart
The giving season has arrived with a flurry of tinsel and a tinkle of “Feliz Navidad”.
I have always believed, where possible, in giving gifts that I would actually also like to receive. I often have a twinge of jealousy when giving a gift, only to realise how wonderful it feels when that person says “how did you know I’ve always wanted one?”
At Linen Drawer we have anticipated the frustrations of our clients at not finding those perfect gifts, and would like to offer some suggestions:
Gowns: these wonderful items can be given to men and women, large and small. Linen Drawer stocks various types of gown or bathrobe.
WAFFLE WEAVE GOWN
Linen Drawer stocks 100% pure cotton waffle weave gowns. They are uni-sex and can be customised with monograms or embroidery. Comfortable and durable these gowns are a great favourite with all. Waffle weave is easy to launder and is a good choice for a young man or teenage boy.
EGYPTIAN COTTON GOWN
Luxuriously soft, with a subtle sheen, the Egyptian cotton gown is cool and light. Made from 400 thread-count Egyptian cotton they are the ultimate in comfort. Perfect for summer lounging, after bathing, round the pool, or in the spa. The sizing is generous and suitable for both men and women. Complement the beautiful fabric with an embroidery, satin stitch or monogram.
TOWELLING AND VELOUR GOWNS
Towelling gowns from Linen Drawer are wonderfully soft and fluffy. Choose soft, yet hard wearing towelling for cosy warmth and bath-time comfort. Our towelling gowns have generous collars, long sleeves and wrap around with deep pockets. Embroider your loved one’s name, or nickname, on the chest for a wonderful personalised gift.
If you like towelling gowns, you will love Linen Drawer’s 100% cotton Velour gowns! With a plush velvety outer and the softest towelling inside they are generously sized, supremely soft and utterly beautiful. Available in white, stone and black, they make a statement gift for that special person. Embroidered or monogrammed they are definitely covetable!
PURE LINEN GOWNS
Linen Drawer is very proud to present a limited range of Pure Linen Gowns. Available in 100% pure linen, these gowns are generously sized and are the ultimate in comfort. Linen is a durable, yet luxurious fabric which improves with ageing as no other fabric does. The gowns are pre- washed to increase the soft handle of the gowns, making them instantly addictive lounging wear.
Our pure linen gowns are available in white, grey and natural. The gowns are enhanced with either embroidery or hemstitching. As this is a limited range, you need to order yours right away by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org
This gifting season make use of the superior product knowledge and enthusiastic helpfulness of the staff at Linen Drawer, who are waiting to assist you.
Unsure of what to purchase? Choose a Linen Drawer Gift Voucher! Vouchers are available by contacting email@example.com This enables the recipient to choose from our wide range of splendid products.
For other lovely gifting ideas, please visit our website https://www.linendrawer.co.za/
By Camilla Swart
Linen Drawer stands for sleeping comfort. Comfort is the physical manifestation of harmony. Harmony is the alignment of our minds and bodies with the universe and everything around us.
Often used in musical terms, the word ‘harmony’ has become a catch-phrase for our age.
We strive for harmony in all aspects of our lives – so when it came to naming our newest blanket, we at Linen Drawer named it the Harmony Blanket.
Knitted in an age-old basket stitch, with deep borders and made from 100% cotton, it is soft and luxurious. The Harmony Blanket is available in five colours – Denim, Slate, Coral, White and Ecru, which allow it to blend into any décor scheme. This product is unique to Linen Drawer!
Because the Harmony Blanket is made from 100% pure cotton it is the perfect weight for both summer and winter. The Blankets come in two generous sizes and are fully washable and can be tumble-dried, making them a ‘dream’ product.
Use the Harmony Blanket as a throw or a blanket, to provide great style and loads of comfort on your bed or in your living area.
Harmony Blankets can safely be used for children’s bedding. They are knitted from 100% pure cotton, making them naturally non-allergenic and breathable. A quick wash and tumble dry will get rid of any grubby foot and hand prints from the younger members of the family, including the four-legged variety!
There is no better way to enjoy contentment, than to be wrapped in a soft, luxurious Harmony Blanket!
By Camilla Swart
Introducing Linen Drawer’s newest product – PURE COTTON DUVET INNERS!
I have been privileged to own one of these duvet inners for a while now, and I can honestly say that my sleeping life has changed! Having a ‘hot’ sleeping partner is great, but not a joke when they are always too warm and you are always too cold.
I am fortunate to own pure cotton bedding, and can testify to the joys of a 100% pure cotton duvet inner!
Firstly, one notices the weight – very lightweight, a huge advantage if you dislike being trapped under heavy bedding. Secondly, something I can only call the ‘cool snuggliness’- being exactly the right temperature in your bed. Knowing that whatever the variances in temperature in your bedroom, throughout the night, you will be comfortable.
Washing this duvet inner is a breeze. It can be machine washed and either line dried or tumble dried. The pure cotton casing, block quilting, and cotton bound edges all ensure that it is a durable product of the highest quality.
Cotton does not absorb odours, so that cotton bedding, and in particular a 100% cotton duvet inner, keeps your bedroom fresher for longer.
Cotton is naturally hypoallergenic, and is therefore the best choice for sensitive skin and allergies. Sleep quality is enhanced due to the breathability of cotton – it absorbs moisture (perspiration) during sleep, without leaving you feeling clammy and sweaty, and hereby helps to regulate your ‘sleeping body’ temperature.
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Linen Drawer stands for sleeping comfort – the concept underpins everything we do, and these 100% pure cotton duvet inners sit comfortably alongside our other pure cotton and linen products.
Make you bed the best it can be with pure cotton bed linen and a 100% pure cotton duvet inner from Linen Drawer. You will feel the difference after one night’s sleep, and be ready to seize the day and the new year!
By Camilla Swart
In the age we live in, courage seems a slightly old-fashioned virtue. Courage requires you to acknowledge the risks and perils, your own weakness or inability, yet to persevere despite everything against you.
Raising a child, being a father, requires large dollops of courage, blind faith and nerves of steel. It was Barack Obama who said “Any fool can have a child. That doesn’t make you a father. It’s the courage to raise a child that makes you a father”. As a second-hand observer of fatherhood, that seems absolutely true!
Conclusively fatherhood is not for ‘sissies’. Signing up to be a father, or to father some-one, is a huge commitment. The rewards can be tremendous, yet great fathers are often under-appreciated and not acknowledged.
At Linen Drawer we honour and appreciate the role of fathers and fathering. As a predominantly female staffed company, we often speak about fathers and how they influence our lives, by their strength, protection, and support. We suggest you do the following to show your Dad how much you appreciate him:
Start the day with a lovely gift for Dad from Linen Drawer. A sumptuous pure cotton Velour gown, in stone or black with his monogram embroidered on the front chest is a great way to kick off Father’s Day.
Alternatively, an Egyptian cotton gown is a great option. Match it with a pair of slippers – also available at Linen Drawer.
What about a set of luxuriously soft towels from Linen Drawer, in his favourite colour, just for him? These can even be embroidered with his name or nickname, so that they belong to him exclusively!
In addition to a personal gift, it is important to spend time with your father. There are so many wonderful ways to show that very special man how much he means to you. Treat him to a craft beer tasting, or have a braai together, explore the great outdoors, go on a tour which caters to his particular interest, or just spend time talking about his interests – whatever they may be. Time and interested attention are the most precious gifts of all.
At Linen Drawer we understand the pressures that face fathers and the incredible sacrifices that go into being a father. We praise you and appreciate your role in society, and thank you for being there when we need you!
By Camilla Swart
Where do blankets come from? Who made the first blanket? I found myself asking these questions when I was taking out blankets for the approaching winter. I found the following:
By definition – a blanket is a flat cover made of wool or similar warm material, usually used on a bed. The term ‘blanket’ is a generalisation of a specific fabric, called Blanket fabric, a heavily napped wool weave pioneered by Thomas Banquette (Blanket), a Flemish weaver who lived in England in the 14th century.
The weaving of blankets was directly linked to the wool trade in England, which soon became famous for woollen products. The strength of the wool industry played a huge role in building the British Empire – trading blankets for furs and other precious raw materials was very common, and the history of this is seen in the traditional Basuto blankets, the Hudson’s Bay point blankets of Canada and the wedding blankets of China.
For lots of cultures a blanket is not just a bed covering. In Mexico the colourful serape is essentially a blanket. The Japanese boro is a patch-work blanket. In Morocco a special blanket is made by the family of the bride prior to her wedding; this ‘hadira’ is worn by the bride, and it is woven with blessing and protection from her family. Native American weavers wove beautiful blankets embodying their spiritual heritage and culture.
Today we all use blankets for different reasons – for décor as throws, and for comfort and warmth on our beds. Relaxing into the warmth and softness of a blanket is a very basic comfort, and one we can all share.
Blankets in natural cotton have always been a Linen Drawer trade-mark, and we are very proud of them. They are stylish, colourful (in the latest décor colours) and tested for strength and durability. Our blankets can be machine washed and tumble dried – making your spring cleaning that much easier!
You can choose between the pure cotton knitted Horizon throws, pure cotton Cellular blankets, overdyed cotton throws, and luxuriously soft acrylic fur-pile Aranda blankets. Having at least one of each is necessary to navigate winter’s chills!
Pure Cotton Over-dye Throws
Acrylic fur pile Aranda blankets
Teaming up a Linen Drawer blanket with Linen Drawer bedding is essential to sleeping comfort. Visit our website (https://www.linendrawer.co.za/throws-blankets) to see our range, or pop into our shop. Be prepared to have difficulty choosing only one!