Saturday, June 21, 2008

the beauty of linen

Like I have said in a previous post, I also work with linen. I like linen as a fabric because its a natural fiber that breathes easily. In this era of global warming especially in the tropics of West Africa, I am always amused when I see people dressed in polyester, satin and other such fabrics that are best suited for the colder countries of the world.
From the point of view of a designer, I must say that for me linen has the added advantage of availability. The only thing I have to be careful of is that I seek out the very best quality of the fabric. One secret of how to differentiate the good from the bad is that good quality linen, when squeezed does not become overly wrinkled. If it becomes very wrinkled then its cheap linen.
In this weather, what we need are summer dresses made in linen or cotton (ankara). I'm sure by now y'all know that I'm a big advocate of turning ankara into heavenly summer creations. To be honest, I used to see linen as a boring fabric but that was because most of the linen dresses I saw were very formal and plain. Well now I know better. Its all about the details. You'll be suprised how fabulous linen can be.
Anyway, YOU stay fabulous