Mélange linen or Cross weave?
Mélange is French for mixture and cross weave implies a crossed variety of fibers. However you call it, this flax weave fabric gets noticed and is so in trend.
Linen cross weave features substantial weight and a striking two-tone cross-weave pattern with a rich colour depth and dimension.
How is it made
Cross weave means two colors are used, one in the warp, the other in the weft which adds depth and subtle texture interest.
Warp is the set of lengthwise threads, which run up and down the length of the fabric; in the manufacturing process they're held in tension on a frame or a loom. The thread that is then inserted over-and-under the warp threads is called the weft.
Cross-weaves linen fabrics are woven with different coloured warp and weft threads which have been yarn dyed before the fabric is made. This gives a softer "chambray" look.
White and Yarn dyed. The yarns are dyed before weaving. The warp is a different colour yarn to the weft and this gives the fabric a chambray look, grainy and subdued and very classy. The fabric is medium weight, breezy and great for hot weather.
Hand: Appealing smooth cool hand and soft supple drape, opaque with not transparent bust still great for hot summers.
Look: Vintage look, yet contemporary, it easily matches anything thanks to the color variety and mix.
Care: linen is durable, strong and easy to care. Just wash it in the washing machine and hang it to dry. If you like the crushed lassez-faire look, just wear it. If you are in between, let's call it nonchalance style just iron the main parts of the garment when humid (or mist it with water). If you prefer the "old fashion" crease free look (do as above) and after and during ironing use a good starch spray.
Read more about linen: Timeless linen
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