While shopping for a linen saree, have you ever wondered about those little tags on the saree that say “80 count” or “100 count’? Well, these tags denote the thread count of the fabric used to make the saree. The quality, feel, fall and ultimately the price of the linen saree is dependent on the thread count which plays an important role while selecting one too.
Before we move to knowing more about Linen thread count, let us find out a bit about linen and its qualities.
Linen is a natural fibre that is created from the stalk of a flax plant. It is an extremely durable fibre when compared to cotton as it is about 30% stronger than the latter. Counted amongst the best fabric for its exceptional quality and durability, Linen softens as it is used and washed, lasting for generations if cared for in the right way. It is used to create sarees, shirts and sheets too, due to its highly breathable quality and sound fibre that helps in excellent retention of shape.
Planning to buy a linen saree for the upcoming festival season? It is important to know what Linen thread count means and how it will help you make the right choice while purchasing a linen saree:
Thread count: Linen thread count is generally measured by counting the total number of threads within the length and breadth of a square inch of the fabric. Thread count is expressed in numbers (80, 100 or 120) which indicates the yarn size in fabric and also the number of threads per square inch of linen. The higher the thread count, the finer the threads used which results in a softer, smoother and a better-finished product.
Ply: After knowing the thread count, it is important to consider the ply of the linen saree you are planning to purchase. The number of yarns that are combined together to create a single component or single thread of fabric is known as Ply. While single ply implies that one yarn has been twisted by itself, two-ply means two yarns have been twisted together. If your saree is two-ply, it will be slightly heavier and will have a tighter weave as compared to single ply. Unless the ply is considered, you cannot say that a 120 thread count saree is of better quality than a 110 thread count linen saree.
Why is linen costlier than other materials?
It takes time to complete the process of extracting linen fibre from the flax plant. The fibre which is collected from the plant is rolled and stored for about two to three months so that it softens further. The fibres undergo a wet spinning and dry spinning process, depending on their length to make them suitable for heavy duty use. Since this entire process takes time and weaving is carried out by experts only, it turns out to be costlier than similar materials like cotton. However, unlike cotton, linen has the potential to last for 20-30 years if cared for properly and hence justifies its cost too.
With all this information handy, you are now fully equipped to select the perfect linen saree for yourself after validating all its credentials. Happy shopping!