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07 June 2017

As Snug as a June Bug

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By Camilla Swart

June in South Africa is a month marked by Youth Day and Father’s Day.

Father’s Day is an opportunity for us to honour the dedication and love that our fathers have shown us.  Fatherhood does not necessarily have to be biological, and many of my friends have benefitted from having a wonderful ‘father’ in their lives.

Actually the month of June is named after the Roman goddess Juno.  She was a very important deity and was the patroness of marriage, partnerships, protector of the state and wise counsellor.

11 May 2017

Greenery - More than just a colour?

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By Camilla Swart

Decorating with green. The month of May is usually not one we South Africans associate with the colour green.  In the Western Cape it is autumn, and often cloudy with rain and wind. Inland the first frosty mornings, with leaves turning shades of reds and browns, announce that winter is on its way.

 

 

17 April 2017

Hold my Heart Forever

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By Camilla Swart

“Mothers hold their children’s hands for a short time, but their hearts forever” – Unknown

The quote above encompasses what being a mother is all about.  The month of May is named after Maia, the Greek goddess of fertility, nuturing and growth. In the Christian tradition the month of May is named after the Virgin Mary, mother of Jesus Christ.

During the month of May we honour our mothers and are reminded of what motherhood means. Click here to see how we can help you find that perfect gift for the special mother in your life.

28 February 2017

Linen - What you need now

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By Camilla Swart

Pure linen is the ultimate fabric of choice when matching the need for both comfort and style. It is the oldest fabric used by man, having being produced by civilizations far older than the ancient Egyptians. Its strength has literally stood the test of time – linen fabric was used by the Egyptians to wrap around their mummies before placing them in the tombs. During excavations, the fabric has been found intact in tombs dating back centuries B.C.

26 November 2016

Our Grateful Lives

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By Camilla Swart

 

 

 

 

 

 

10 August 2016

Join the Movement!

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SOHPA unique secret society was founded in 1999: A society who focussed entirely on Happiness and being Happy and the acknowledgement of Happiness.

The success of the first Month of Happiness created by the movement, led to the nomination of August as the MONTH OF HAPPINESS - Make Happiness Happen Month. Learn more about them on their website (http://www.sohp.com).

18 June 2016

Who's your Daddy?

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It’s Fathers Day on Sunday 19 June.

Time to celebrate the "fathers" in our lives.

Want to know more about this day and why it’s so special?

Want to know how you can bless the father in your life?  

 

                                                                                                                                                  

16 November 2015

Festive offering from Linen Drawer . . .

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It is almost Christmas and many of us are still scrambling around trying to choose the perfect gift for a friend or relative.

What do they want? What do they need? What can we buy them?

 

 

26 February 2015

History of Cotton

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Part 2

In Iran (Persia), the history of cotton dates back to the Achaemenid era (5th century BC); however,
there are few sources about the planting of cotton in pre-Islamic Iran.
The planting of cotton was common in Merv, Ray and Pars of Iran. In the poems of Persian poets,
especially Ferdowsi's Shahname, there are references to cotton ("panbe" in Persian).
Marco Polo (13th century) refers to the major products of Persia, including cotton.
John Chardin, a French traveler of 17th century, who had visited the Safavid Persia,
has approved the vast cotton farms of Persia.
During the Han dynasty, cotton was grown by non Chinese peoples in the southern Chinese province of Yunnan.
In Peru, cultivation of the indigenous cotton species Gossypium barbadense was the backbone of the development of coastal cultures,
such as the Norte Chico, Moche and Nazca. Cotton was grown upriver,
made into nets and traded with fishing villages along the coast for large supplies of fish.
The Spanish who came to Mexico and Peru in the early 16th century found the people growing cotton and wearing clothing made of it.
During the late medieval period, cotton became known as an imported fiber in northern Europe,
without any knowledge of how it was derived, other than that it was a plant.
Because Herodotus had written in his Histories, Book III, 106, that in India trees grew in the wild producing wool,
it was assumed that the plant was a tree, rather than a shrub. This aspect is retained in the name for cotton in several Germanic languages,
such as German Baumwolle, which translates as "tree wool" (Baum means "tree"; Wolle means "wool"). Noting its similarities to wool,
people in the region could only imagine that cotton must be produced by plant-borne sheep. John Mandeville, writing in 1350, stated as fact the now-preposterous belief:
"There grew there [India] a wonderful tree which bore tiny lambs on the endes of its branches. These branches were so pliable that they bent down to allow the lambs to feed when they are hungrie."
(See Vegetable Lamb of Tartary.) By the end of the 16th century, cotton was cultivated throughout the warmer regions in Asia and the Americas.

India's cotton-processing sector gradually declined during British expansion in India and the establishment of colonial rule during the late 18th and early 19th centuries.
This was largely due to aggressive colonialist mercantile policies of the British East India Company, which made cotton processing and manufacturing workshops in India uncompetitive.
Indian markets were increasingly forced to supply only raw cotton and were forced, by British-imposed law, to purchase manufactured textiles from Britain.

18 February 2015

The History of Cotton

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Cotton was used in the Old World at least 7,000 years ago (5th millennium BC).
Evidence of cotton use has been found at the site of Mehrgarh,
where early cotton threads have been preserved in copper beads.
Cotton cultivation became more widespread during the Indus Valley Civilization, w
hich covered parts of modern eastern Pakistan and northwestern India.
The Indus cotton industry was well developed and some methods used in cotton spinning and fabrication continued to be used until the industrialization of India.
Between 2000 and 1000 BC cotton became widespread across much of India.
For example, it has been found at the site of Hallus in Karnataka dating from around 1000 BC.

Cotton fabrics discovered in a cave near Tehuacán, Mexico have been dated to around 5800 BC,
although it is difficult to know for certain due to fiber decay.
Other sources date the domestication of cotton in Mexico to approximately 5000 to 3000 BC.
The Greeks and the Arabs were not familiar with cotton until the Wars of Alexander the Great,
as his contemporary Megasthenes told Seleucus I Nicator of "there being trees on which wool grows" in "Indica".
This might actually be a reference to the 'tree cotton', Gossypium arboreum, which is a native of the Indian subcontinent.
According to the Columbia Encyclopedia:

Cotton has been spun, woven, and dyed since prehistoric times.
It clothed the people of ancient India, Egypt, and China.
Hundreds of years before the Christian era,
cotton textiles were woven in India with matchless skill,
and their use spread to the Mediterranean countries.

Picking Cotton in Oklahoma, USA, in the 1890's.

05 February 2015

Looking for that Perfect Valentine's Day surprise.?

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Well, Look no further!!!

Where do you escape to when you need to relax and rejuvenate???

Your bedroom is the place where you can cocoon yourself in luxurious bed linen and relax and recharge.
If ever there was a room in your home that needed to be uniquely yours, your bedroom would be it.

Valentine’s Day is a special day.
A day when who knows what surprises might come your way.
A red rose placed on your desk? A hand written note or a beautiful card to tell you how special you are?
We would LOVE to hear your stories about this Valentine’s or any other Valentine’s Day.
Please share them with us….

If you want to make your bedroom that unique, special place this Valentine’s Day…..
that luxurious little piece of heaven, we can help.
Linen Drawer produces a host of top quality bed linen and offer a large selection of bedding and accessories that can help you do just that.

Our quality bed linen is manufactured in a variety of colours and fabrics….
crisp, plain weave, satin like feel….pure combed cotton percale in a range of different thread counts.
What these ranges have in common though, is that they are all absolutely luxurious!

Make climbing into bed at night, the highlight of your day!

 

Cotton is a pure, natural fabric! Cool in summer and warm in winter, it is long lasting and supremely comfortable.
It also does not pill (make little balls on the surface of the fabric).

 

These products are manufactured in South Africa by Linen Drawer from top quality pure cotton percale fabric.

 

25 November 2014

Why Egyptian Cotton???

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Why choose it???

Now, if we’re honest, most of us have at some point in our lives been confronted with the ‘facts’ around Egyptian Cotton
and wondered about how this compares to normal Upland cotton as it is referred to in the industry.
You may have read up about the choices too, but did you really understand what it’s about? Is there merit in all the fuss? Lets see...

On the technical side: Egyptian Cotton is a cultivar of cotton known as Pima cotton and is originally grown in North & South America and in Egypt.
It is generally known that Pima (Egyptian) cotton has on average, a longer length and strength in the fibre than normal cotton.
It stands to reason therefore that it should be superior in strength and also more durable that normal cotton.
This is where the interesting part comes in…. Far from going into all the nitty-gritty details of the manufacturing process,
the short and sweet of it is that there are many factors that affect the final outcome of the quality of the fabric.
If the manufacturing process is not controlled correctly, more damage than good can be done to the end product.
What is the point of knowing this you might ask? Well, you should be able to make an informed decision when purchasing bedding,
especially when considering whether or not to buy Egyptian cotton. If you want to make climbing into bed at night the highlight of your day, then this is very important.
The reality is that today there are many options where normal cotton will give you as long a lifespan as Egyptian cotton and sometimes even longer.
It is very difficult to know the difference as it is, so our advice is to suggest that you make sure that you buy your bed linen from a reputable supplier.
Naturally, take your preference into account, as most Egyptian cotton bedding is made in a sateen weave, giving it that beautiful smooth surface.
If you prefer the crisp feel of cotton, remember that a good 200- or 300T/C normal pure cotton percale will serve you just as well.
There certainly is a space for both in the market.
Finally, be alert, ask questions, and enjoy your choice in the end.
Either way, knowing your options will help you make the best choice for you.

 

 

26 August 2014

Reasons for using 100% Flax Linen for Your Garments and Sheets

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While researching linen, I found many Scriptural reasons as well as scientific benefits which explain
why Flax Linen is such a wonderful fabric.
Here are just a few:

~ Bed Sore Resistant: According to Japanese medical research studies,
bed-ridden patients do NOT develop bedsores when linen bed sheets are used.

~ Compatible: The flax cell is highly compatible with the human cell. 

~ Hygroscopic, Permeable:   Linen rapidly absorbs moisture (water, sweat and other body fluids);
yet, it also yields moisture rapidly making it highly hygroscopic.
 
~ Hygienic: Linen is considered to be hygienic helping to relieve allergies and is used to filter fallout, radiation and gamma rays.

~ Filters:   Homes are known to collect radioactive gas such as radon,
especially after the installation of tightly sealing plastic windows.
 
~ Thermogenic:  Linen is comprised of heat conductivity and high air permeability properties.
Its heat conductivity is 5 times higher than wool’s and 19 times than that of silk. 

~ Support Hormones: These properties help make a patient feel fresh and cool; yet,
 helps keep them warmer or cooler as it is an adaptogen to the present temperature needed. 

~ Anti-static:  Probably due to its 5,000 signature frequency and ability to reduce static in the body,
 Linen is known for helping to reduce fatigue and lift spirits. 

~ EMF Friendly:  Some studies indicate that the body may be protected from
 damaging electromagnetic frequencies especially when near electronic appliances,   computers,  Wi-Fi, cell phones, etc. 

~ Purity of White: The studies on the colour white and the reflection of light in linen is known to increase the body’s frequency energy adding more life and energy to those wearing and  using linen.
 
~ Promotes Restful Sleep: Reported by many to promote better rest and sleep.

~ Durability: Linen is durable.  Unlike some cottons that yellow with time,
 linen is prone to remain white and softer with each wash.

~ Hypo-allergenic:  Helps avoid allergies causes by other fibres.

~ Burns: Burn and sunburn victims and those with problematic or hypersensitive skin
 or who suffer from dermatological disorders are often prescribed to sleep in or on
 white linen bedding to help relieve pain and discomfort.

~ Promotes Good Stewardship:  Helps us to be good stewards of YHWH’s creation and promote a balanced environment since flax is a renewable resource and the linen produced from it is fully Biodegradable.

~ Anti-Viral:  Recent research conducted has confirmed that choosing pure linen sheets
 and clothing allowing for daily contact with the flax fabric may help to promote and increase the blood levels of immunoglobulin.

~ Odour Resistant:  Pure linen helps to destroy bad odours. 

~ Fertility Support:  Recent studies have demonstrated that female fertility
may be significantly increased by sleeping and procreating on pure white linen sheets.

26 August 2014

What is Pure Linen???

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Benefits of Pure Linen

What is Pure Linen?

Pure Linen is a natural fibre, made from the stalk of the flax plant.
It is regarded in Europe as the best quality fabric.
Europeans have long favoured linen for their sheeting because of its amazing properties.
It softens the more it is used and washed, is extremely durable and can last for decades when cared for correctly.
It is not uncommon that European families will pass linen sheets on to the younger generation as a family heirloom.
Vintage linen is very desirable, it’s soft and the feeling is very hard to replicate by any mechanical process.
Anyone that has trawled the antique shops of Italy would know that antique linen bedding is a highly prized and expensive commodity.

Benefits of Pure Linen:

Linen is a very durable fibre and has many benefits over cotton.
-          Linen is 30% stronger than cotton
-          Has a high moisture absorbency
-          Hypo-allergenic
-          Highly breathable
-          Structurally sound fibre so products keep their shape
-          Environmentally friendly – less water and chemicals to cultivate

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