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Not just for Summer – The beauty of Cellulose fabric

In the previous article, we talked about different types of cellulose fibers fabric

This spring and summer, linen fabrics are trending and linen items are often seen on the streets.

Linen, which has a strong image of “summer’’, has different characteristics as well. Let’s see if you know all of its pros and cons!


It has a supple texture similar to cotton, and is well known as a luxurious material with a good feel against the skin.

It becomes more supple with repeated washing, and the longer it is worn, the more comfortable it becomes on the skin.

The longer it is worn, the more comfortable it becomes on the wearer’s skin.


Ramie is said to be the strongest natural fiber with excellent strength, firmness, and elasticity.

Has a crisp feel.

Silky luster and good coloring.

Linen has a softer and more supple texture due to the finer fibers and finer weave of flax.

On the other hand, Ramie has relatively thicker fibers, which give it superior strength and a crisp texture.

Characteristics of Linen and Ramie

Water absorbency and wicking properties

Cellulose fibers have a thin hollow in the center.

These hollow spaces absorb water and allow it to escape through air vents, making it highly water absorbent and water repellent.

Cool to the touch

The fibers are thicker and have gaps in the weave, allowing air to pass through them more easily.

The fiber has low elongation and is stiff, so it does not stick to the skin even when sweating, and together with the cool contact feeling, it gives a cool feeling.

Stain-resistant and antibacterial

The pectin that holds the  fibers together prevents stains from penetrating the fabric and makes it easy to clean.

High strength

Cellulose fiber has 1.6 times the tensile strength of cotton, making it very strong. 

Ramie and Line are perfect material for summer because of its excellent air permeability and water absorbency. People tend to think that it is not suitable for fall and winter because of how cool and refreshing it is. However, there are reasons why cellulose fiber fabric is also suitable for fall and winter.

Insulating properties

The key is the cavity in the center of the  fiber.

In summer, when people sweat, the hollow space absorbs moisture, but in fall and winter, when people do not sweat as much, the hollow space is filled with air.

The air’s heat-insulating property keeps the body warm without losing body heat.

It  has a cool and airy feel, but it can also be used as a heat insulator when layered with other materials, so it is  a material that can be used throughout the year.

Linen and Ramie Blended Fibers

Linen and Ramie has some disadvantages, such as wrinkling and shrinking easily, and may be a difficult material to deal with.

However,  fabric technology is evolving day by day.

Highly blendable fabric does not lose any of its characteristics when blended with other fibers or interwoven.

Many products that combine the advantages of each fiber by blending are now available.


A blend of cotton and linen, this fabric is light, airy, and bouncy, with the added softness of cotton, making it comfortable against the skin.


A blend of polyester and linen, this fabric covers the disadvantages of linen, which is not stretchy and wrinkles easily, and has the texture of linen but is wrinkle-resistant and stretchable.


Linen is used not only in spring and summer but all year round, and although it may have a strong image of being difficult to handle, there are more and more types that are easy to care  due to blended spinning.

ApparelX has various types of  fabrics including cotton/linen and polyester/linen introduced above.

For more Line and Ramie, please visit ApparelX Line and Ramie product list.

Hi guys, this is Jane, the editor of ApparelX News. As a foreigner living in Tokyo, I hope my posts will help international readers get an overview about Japanese fashion industry as well as Japanese culture!