Ancient use of linen
SYMBOL OF LIGHT, PURITY & WEALTH
Linen was sometimes used as currency in ancient Egypt. Egyptian mummies were wrapped in linen as a symbol of light and purity, and as a display of wealth. Some of these fabrics, woven from hand-spun yarns, were very fine for their day, but are coarse compared to modern linen. Today, linen is usually an expensive textile produced in relatively small quantities. It has a long “staple” (individual fiber length) relative to cotton and other natural fibers.