@ INTERFILIERE SHANGHAI – September 26 & 27, 2018
There are two large families of textile fibers: natural textile fibers and chemical textile fibers.
Let’s explore the Technical properties of natural textile fibers from VEGETAL origin (Cotton, Linen, Hemp, Ramie, Kapok, Bamboo fiber…) and discover the environmental impact at the Innovation Forum from Interfiliere Shanghai.
Cotton fibre comes from the white, fluffy capsule that surrounds the cotton plant seed. The quality of the cotton depends on the length of the fibers and on the cleanliness or “grade”.
Egyptian cotton is renowned as one of the highest quality cottons, because of the fineness, strength and length of its fibers.
- “Cheap” to buy.
- Good strength.
- Soft and pleasant touch.
- Easy care (up to 95°C).
- Good capacity for moisture absorption.
- Good resistance to UV rays.
- Difficult to dry.
- Poor crease recovery (creases easily).
Linen is a fiber which comes from the bast of the flax plant (“Linum usitatissimum”), contained in its stems. Bast is a long, strong, fibrous structure, which is extracted from the stem by retting and then scutching.
- Softness and flexibility.
- Easy care.
- Very resistant fiber.
- Easy to dye.Pleasant to wear and feeling of “freshness”.
- Hypoallergenic and antibacterial fiber.
- Biodegradable fiber.
- Strong tendency to crease.
- Rustic appearance.
- Difficult to knit, and to use in lingerie or activewear.
- Fiber unsuitable for swimwear.