IL019 All-purpose Kenya Softened - 100% Linen Fabric - Medium (5.3 oz/yd2) - 0.30 Yard, Width 59"

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Kenya is a rich combination of red and brown that some call red-earth, bold on its own, but combines well with neutrals and other fashion colors.
KENYA linen's rich shade of red ochre seems intrinsically bound to nature, invoking rich, fertile soil and the careworn bark of ancient trees.
Kenyan contemporary painter Michael Armitage has embraced this earthy color to convey his homeland of Kenya, illustrating its wild and untameable beauty with an evocative array of ochre and sienna tinged hues. Amidst his fantastical, wild scenes people from modern life are intermingled with the ghosts of the past, crossing back and forth over one another to form a prismatic and complex vision of Kenyan identity today.

At a medium weight of 5.3 ounces this 59 inch wide 100% linen is versatile enough to be referred to as an All Purpose or Do it All linen. With its smooth look and tighter weave, this linen is neither sheer or heavy, but just the right in-between weight you will need for a variety of projects.

The cloth is Softened so we have added a softener to give it a silkier hand. The fabric has not been laundered so shrinkage will still have to be taken into consideration (shrinkage depends on fabric weave and laundering method).

Fabric specifications:

Article IL019 All-Purpose
Content 100% Linen
Width 59 inch
Weight 5.3 oz/yd2
Thread size warp 17.9
Thread size weft 17.9
Thread count warp 46
Thread count weft 37

Customer Questions and Answers


What is the difference between this color softened and the signature finish?

D • April 13, 2023

Patricia • April 13, 2023

Could this be considered a rust color?

Katie • April 20, 2023
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Yes this is a reddish brown and can be considered a version of a rust shade.

Maureen • April 20, 2023
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Gutermann sew-all thread match

FYI Gutermann sew-all color 566 is a match for linen in KENYA

Helen • June 15, 2023
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Accurate color

I found the color on the website to be true to the actual color of the fabric. Looking at photos submitted by other viewers was helpful also. The quality of the linen was fantastic as usual. Absolutely loved my finished garment!

Gretchen • July 9, 2022
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Wonderful Colour

Such a gorgeous earthy colour that is reminiscent of the soil on Prince Edward Island and other maritime provinces. Very grounding.

Barbara • November 7, 2021
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Fall It's

I used this Kenya with my medieval blue for my Fall pillows and throw.Easy to work with and looks so pretty together.

Marlene • October 8, 2021
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Beautiful color

This linen is a beautiful earthy color, very similar to Spice. When I hold them next to each other Spice is very slightly brighter, but they could easily be two different dye lots of the same color. I'm not sure what I will do with it yet, but it would make lovely clothing, napkins or tablecloth.

Sandra • March 6, 2021
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It's official. I am incapable of sewing a basic. I *had* plans to create a nice simple Charlie Blouse, we are with this angled color-blocked beautiful madness. What should have been a nice quick sew turned my project with three pattern pieces into nine, lots of confusion about what goes where, and twice the cutting time.

ella • August 24, 2023

A wrap dress I made using the Kenya. To the skirt hem, I added tzitzits using 4C22 rustic royal purple and purple ribbon using IL020 Handkerchief rustic royal purple. Pattern used was McCall's M7406 which I added pockets to and added a cuff instead of the elastic.

Roshanda • August 8, 2023

I traced my original Riva Fabrics-Store pattern pieces with the extra length added to equal this new length onto some oversized tissue paper I had on hand. If you don't have this option, you could simply lay the current pieces down and just use your measuring tools and use a chalk pen or a pencil to draw the proper cut line on the fabric. I was able to do this project with the two yards of FS Kenya Midweight Linen. that I already had on hand.

Alisha • November 18, 2022

I'm back today with a fun, juicy hack for you. I recently made a Nico bias cut dress and admitted to you... I'm not good with making basics. I used the Nico dress pattern to make the camisole and couldn't resist adding a little of my own flare with a layered tulip-style back hack. This was a really easy hack that I would recommend to anyone! I chose Kenya red midweight linen

ella • November 3, 2022

FS Kenya mid-weight used for an Assembly Line Cuff Top

Gretchen • July 9, 2022
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