The cool-to-the-touch fabric is one of the oldest—and most versatile—in the world
Derived from fibers of the flax plant, linen is one of the oldest and most multifaceted fabrics in the world, with origins dating all the way back to 36,000 BP. While cotton often takes the cake for being versatile and soft, fiber has a rep for being breathable, light, and fresh—in other words, the official fabric of warm-weather seasons. Linen's role varies widely, hence the use of the term "linens" to describe bed and bath textiles as well as undergarments, but when it comes to trousers, no fabric is cooler to the touch. Just in time for summer, CR explores the role of the breezy linen pant throughout history.