Linen has been used for clothing, bedding, curtains and more for thousands of years. And somewhere along the line, it got a reputation for being a high-maintenance fabric. It's tempting to blame the Victorians—they did love their starched shirts and table cloths—but stiffly starched and perfectly pressed linen goes back to Renaissance and Medieval times, to elaborate ruffed collars and pure white altar drapings. The effort that went into achieving and maintaining pristine, wrinkle-free swaths of linen was truly monumental. And so, this ancient, enduring fabric got a reputation for being fussy.
The thing is, linen doesn't want to be crisp and flat. Those long, lustrous strands of plant fiber want to drape softly and luxuriantly. Unlike wool fibers, they're not elastic and springy. Linen crimps and crinkles, takes on character with wear and use. And that very tendency is what makes this fabric both beautiful and beautifully low-maintenance.
Here is all you need to know about caring for Coyuchi linen:
Wash it in cold water, on the gentle or delicate cycle. (Yes, our linen is machine-washable.) Just as we would for cotton, we recommend using a natural, plant-based laundry detergent and not using fabric softener, chlorine bleach or whiteners.
Hang it to dry or tumble dry on low, and pull it from the dryer as soon as it stops tumbling.
Enjoy the soft drape and slubby, slightly rumpled texture that makes linen naturally relaxed and welcoming.
Thank your lucky stars that you are not a 14th-century laundress.
Optional: If you'd like your linen smoother or want to neaten up the hems, feel free to use a steamer or a hot iron. Entirely up to you.
When washing linen decorative pillows, we recommend removing the insert and turning the cover inside out before machine washing (in cold, on delicate) or hand washing. Hang to dry. Press if you please.
Now, wasn't that easy?