10 knots Uniforms

Fabric Information

  • Linen
  • Poly Viscose

Linen is the most comfortable natural fabric.  It is the true fabric for summer due to its smoothness and cool quality.  Linen is the natural fabric made from fibres derived from the strongest plant fibres – the flax.  Flax fibres are obtained in two varieties – longer line fibres and shorter tow fibres.  The long flax fibres are spun into yarns for making linen fabrics, most of which is used for making ultra cool clothing and high quality textile furnishings.  Shorter flax fibres are made into heavier yarns that, in turn, are spun into line fabric which is used for making such items as kitchen towels, sails, tents and canvas.

The cool summer fabric line is much stronger than the other popular natural fabric – the cotton fabric.  There are many other benefits of the soft linen fabric.

  • Linen fabric is a good conductor of heat and that is why it is so cool.
  • Linen is a highly absorbent fabric and can rapidly lose water, which is good for summers as it can efficiently deal with perspiration.
  • Linen fabric is very durable and strong.  An interesting fact is that it is stronger when wet.
  • Linen fabric is also abrasion resistant as well as resistant to moths and carpet beetles.

Linen fabric can be cared for very easily.  It naturally resists dirt and stains.  It doesn’t tend to have lint or pills on its surface.  Linen fabric can be dry cleaned, machine washed or steamed.

The only concerning issue about linen fabric is that it has poor elasticity and wrinkles very easily, however when benefits of linen fabric are counted, this limitation is minor.

This beautiful functional combination was chosen specifically to satisfy the ‘easy care’ customers.  Poly is fabulous for this reason and the Viscose really must be explained in detail – after reading you will understand the importance to have this in our uniforms.

Viscose drapes and swings beautifully and the material is softer than cotton and more springy than silk.  It is comfortable to wear and is great for dyeing.

Most people assume that there are two kinds of fibres:  natural ones, like cotton, wool and silk and artificial ones synthesised out of petrochemicals like nylon and polyester.  Viscose falls somewhere in between.  The raw material for viscose is cellulose which is broken down either mechanically or chemically and reformed as fibres.  Trees are 50% cellulose, cotton is 90% cellulose, so viscose is more accurately described as a natural, or recovered, fibre.

We are led to believe any fabric with a name ending in   ‘-ose’ is going to be synthetic, and therefore hot, sweaty and uncomfortable to wear.  One exception is viscose, a material that has natural origins and many unique properties.

Viscose is a kind of rayon, which is made by dissolving cellulose (which is mainly wood pulp) and reforming it in filaments.  Viscose takes its name from the intermediate viscous liquid, which has the colour and fluidity of honey.

Early rayons had few of the advantages of modern viscose.  Although they were absorbent, moisture tended to weaken them, and clothes would discolour and weaken in the underarms.  These fabrics did not have the softness and drape of the modern fibres either.  For decades man-made fibres were perceived as being inferior to natural ones because people associated the unpleasant wearing qualities of nylon with the structural problems of early rayons.

Nylon and polyester do not absorb water, and because your sweat cannot evaporate they can be unpleasant to wear – it is its absorbency which makes viscose so comfortable and fresh feeling to wear.

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