Linen fabric is hypo-allergenic and anti-bacterial, plus it offers the sensation of weightlessness. The properties of this fiber has been observed since Middle Ages. Linen fabric is recommended for people with skin ailments (e.g. psoriasis). Linen fibers are used to manufacture surgical thread.
Flax fibers are known for their great ability to absorb water. This is due to a high amount of pectins, the components that hold the fibers together. Pectins in linen textiles give them a «lively», heat-regulating quality. Depending on the weather, they can retain water or repel it – up to 20%* of their weight – without feeling damp to the touch. A guaranteed sensation of well-being.
Source: Masters of Linen