It is known that linen cloth was produced in Egypt long enough ago to be a well-developed art by 3400 B.C. This fact is attested to by the linen cloth in a number of varieties and textures found in the tombs of the dynasties which ended about that time.Although handmade, some of the cloth was very fine and sheer – some of it was even called “woven air” – having more than 500 threads per inch, a weaving feat which is not duplicated even by modern machines. A robe of this fabric, it is said, could be drawn through s small finger ring.On the other hand, coarse linen cloth comparable to the canvas of today was also produced.It is truly impossible to learn which of the many natural fibres were first used for textile purposes or even to be sure how that particular fibre came to be used, but of the four chief textile fibres, wool cotton, silk and flax, the last is unquestionably the most ancient. Some anthropologists even declare that it is possible that linen had its origin not long after the advent of man. ed.