Linen was developed at Russian territory for more than 4000 years.
Oldest known descriptions of tribes living at Russia, made by ancient Greek Historian Herodote, describes national wear as made from linen and furs.
Generally, linen was already well known at ancient Egypt and Greece.
Main distinguishing feature of linen - made crafts is their unprecedented value for health care.
In fact, linen made things are most ecological ones known nowadays.
For example, persons who use linen wear are rarely affected by any skin deceases, and ones who have allergic or neurological deceases very often become healthy after wearing linen made things for some time.
Linen production is very clean ecologically, it requires 10 times less chemical substances to produce linen than to produce cotton. Linen production requires much less chemicals than wheel or rice production.
Linen made things have different structure than cotton made ones and that difference lead to much better skin care. In fact, linen is best known natural substance for skin.
But, 100% linen can shrink at high temperatures. As well - it requires ironing much more often.
That is why mix of linen and cotton is very popular. Such - "half - linen" mix provide both ecological and health care value and as well - it can be ironed less often and will not shrink under high temperature.
Generally, the more % of linen is at your craft - the less temperature you should use to wash it.
Simultaneously, the more % of linen - the better health and ecological results you will get.