Today I went to the Mulji Jetha market. According to the net, it’s 136 years old, and is within walking distance of my home, but not only had I never been there, I’d never even heard of it till a few days ago, till a Google search or something brought it up. That’s communication in India in the 21st century.
Anyway, I went there to get some linen sample material for a shirt. I’d tried getting some (supposedly) linen sample material from Mangaldas market, but it wasn’t a success. The shirt was scratchy. But maybe the cloth I bought wasn’t really linen.
But Mulji Jetha market is mostly wholesale, so they mostly wouldn’t sell me material for one shirt. But I found one linen dealer who took pity on me, or something, and did. I bought some nice looking light blue cloth. This time I was careful, and it said 100% Belgium Linen right there on the fabric. I hope I wasn’t been lied to in print…
They said that 1.6 meters would be enough for a shirt. Then I took it to a tailor, and the tailor said that it wasn’t enough - I needed 1.8 meters. Apparently I’m Extra Large. Anyway, the point of this is that one point I asked about linen bedsheets, and the dealers went - linen bedsheets? eww! gross! Except they didn’t really, because they were speaking Hindi.
Anyway, the point of this is - are linen bedsheets a good idea or not? These linen dealers were generally pro-cotton bedsheets. To be clear, this is mostly for the rental - I thought it might hold up better than cotton - though I might try it myself too. The current bedsheets we have are all cotton. I’m a fan of linen in a theoretical kind of way - my experience with it very limited. But I realise that one kind of fabric isn’t the solution for everything.