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Manufactured and Synthetic Fibers

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Manufactured and Synthetic Fibers

Manufactured/Manmade fibers are fibers that go through chemical processing to be solubilized and then run through a spinneret to form yarns. The spinneret is like a shower head, the solution passes though one end and comes out the other as yarn. This process is called extrusion; different opening shapes in a spinneret determine the shape of the fibers that come out. The shape can effect fiber size, behaviour and appearance. Manmade fibers from cellulosic sources such as wood pulp should not be confused with natural cellulosic fibers such as linen, hemp, or cotton. To read more on natural fibers read...

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Thread Count & GSM

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Thread Count & GSM

Thread Count Often, you may see thread count or TC mentioned in product listings. The TC stands for thread count. Thread count refers to the number of yarns in a square inch of a woven fabric. Woven fabrics are made up of two sets of yarns interlacing with each other. The two sets of yarns are known as the warp and the weft. The warp is the set of yarns that run vertically along the loom and the weft are the yarns that run horizontally. The thread count of a fabric is calculated by using both the EPI (ends per...

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Polyester and Microfiber

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Polyester and Microfiber

Polyester is a very resilient synthetic fiber that dries quickly, is easy to wash/care for, resistant to wrinkles, and usually has good colorfastness. Polyester is a filament fiber (long and smooth) so the fabrics woven out of polyester tend to have a nice smooth and soft hand feel especially if microfibers are used. While Microfiber is often made out of polyester the term microfiber actually refers to the fineness of the synthetic yarn. So the term microfiber does not equal polyester. Microfibers are ultrafine filament fibers that commonly have a smooth and soft hand; especially if the microfiber is given a...

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