Different Fabric Types
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Understanding different fabric types
Thread count is a measure of the quality of fabric and refers to the number of threads used per square inch of finished fabric. Percale fabrics have a thread count of 180 or more, which results in finer bed linen. Christy bed linen is over 200 thread count and thus is classed as percale.
In some bed linen, Christy has used blends of two fibres, for example cotton and linen. The combination of fibre types adds individual properties to the bed linen. Specific features within these blends include slubs (small thickened portion or knot found on natural yarns) in linen and silk which are natural characteristics of these fibres and add to the beauty of these products.
There are a variety of different cotton plants, each of which have their own traditional growing areas. The climate and growing conditions in these areas produce cotton with different characteristics. The most important of these characteristics is the length and fineness of the individual fibres – the longer and finer it is, the softer, smoother and more lustrous the yarn will be.
Combed cotton has an extra process to further reduce the shorter, thicker fibres so that when the cotton is spun a more lustrous, smoother yarn is produced.
One of the most luxurious cotton fibres is sourced from Egypt on the banks of the river Nile. Egyptian cotton features longer fibres than combed cotton and is renowned for its softness and lustre. Bed linen woven from Egyptian cotton feels cool and crisp to the touch.
Pima cotton is a type of cotton grown primarily in the United State's Southwest. It is considered to be one of the superior blends of cotton, and is extremely durable and absorbent. Pima cotton is named after the Pima Native Americans who first cultivated the plant in the US, but its origins date back to its cultivation in Peru.Pima cotton is a little shorter than Egyptian cotton but still yields a thread that can be woven multiple times into a piece of fabric to create a dense, soft fabric.
Hygrocotton is unique cotton fibre which has a hollow core. The fibre traps air so that wash after wash and tumble dry after tule dry the towels get fatter and fluffier.
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This is made from high quality cotton with a thread count of 180 or more. Percale bed linen looks matt and feels smooth to the touch. Percale launders beautifully, is long lasting and durable.
Easy Care Cotton
Easy care is a finish added to cotton percale. This finish makes fabrics easier to launder and require less ironing. Easy care finishes gradually wash out over time.
This is also made from a combed cotton thread, which is woven in a different way, to produce bed linen with a sophisticated sheen that feels luxuriously soft and smooth against the skin. As well as having a lovely handle and drape, cotton sateen bed linen is easier to iron than cotton percale.
Natural variations and slubs (small thickened portion or knot found on natural yarns) are unique characteristic of all types of silk fabrics. Do not expose to direct sunlight. Colour variations may occur.
Organic cotton is produced in accordance with stringent quality standards set by SKAL, the internationally recognised inspection body for organic production. By using 100% organically grown cotton and low impact dyes, this ensures that the towels are not only soft and luxurious to touch, but also environmentally friendly. The Fair-trade Mark ensures that small-scale cotton farmers get a better deal for their products.
Micro modal is a fibre produced from natural beechwood. It combines the best of cotton characteristics, long fibre length and fineness with the smooth, lustrous surface of silk. The fibre can absorb moisture more rapidly than cotton and can also maintain its colour retention, which means that towels keep their appearance wash after wash.
Bamboo fabric is a natural textile made from the pulp of the bamboo grass.
Bamboo fabric has been growing in popularity because it has many unique properties and is more sustainable than most textile fibers.
Bamboo fabric is light and strong, has excellent wicking properties, and is to some extent antibacterial.
In textile form, bamboo retains many of the properties it has as a plant. Bamboo is highly water absorbent, able to take up three times its weight in water. In bamboo fabric, this translates to an excellent wicking ability that will pull moisture away from the skin so that it can evaporate.
Bamboo also has many antibacterial qualities, which bamboo fabric is apparently able to retain, even through multiple washings.
Filled with natural down, these pillows keep the optimal temperature and conditions for restful sleep. The filling is also protected against mites, whilst the tightly-woven fabric also prevents mites entering.
Finished down and feathers are washed approx. 1 hour including 6 to 8 rinsing cycles then dried at over 100 °C and disinfected and finally thoroughly checked at a laboratory whether they meet the hygienic requirements.