Linen can comfort you in any kind of weather, keeping you cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Its fibers are hollow, which allows both air and moisture to move freely throughout. In the summer, the breathable fabric absorbs sweat and dries quickly. In the winter, heat is retained by circulating throughout the hollow fibers, keeping the body warm.
Linen is known to be the world’s strongest natural fiber and can last for a very long time. The more often it is worn and washed, the softer and smoother it becomes.
Most of antique linen are so called "selvage linen" and so are ours. As one weft is crossing across hundreds of warps and create one textile, in this process, the weft is folded both edge of the textile and this edge is called selvage, the ears of the textile. Most of the weaving machines used no longer have the structure to make selvages anymore due to the efficiency of production.
All TENJIN linen items are carefully manufactured by skilled Japanese artisans using traditional shuttle looms from Europe. Our artisans value a small lot production and work intricately on the manufacturing and quality-control of each and every item. The specialized shuttle loom prevents damage to the fabric, and maintains the naturally soft texture of linen. Our Selvage linen is made of "craftsmen's soul".
Linen fibers are made from the flax plant. Flax grows naturally, and requires far less water and energy than cotton. It takes approximately 6.4 liters of water to make one linen T-shirt, versus the 26 liters of water needed for one cotton shirt. In addition to preserving water, the entire flax plant can be used to make linen, which reduces waste as well.
We use linen threads imported from Europe, which are known as the best quality linen fibers in the world. These threads are certified by The STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® and do not contain any toxic substances.