Unnatural Naturals, the Cellulose Family
Posted: May 13 2016
I am a huge fan of sustainable resources. It's one of the reasons, I dig cellulose fibers.
Without get to technical, a cellulose fiber is made from esters of plant based material, i.e. corn, wood, leaves, and bark.
The first artificial fiber was created in 1838 but wasn't used for textiles until the 1890's.
Since then technology has changed, a shit load. With today's technology we have Tencel, Sorona, Kopak, Bamboo, and Modal.
Because all of fibers are cellulose based, they all share some kick ass qualities. Some fibers have additional properties that help you, the client have a better day.
Here are are a few of the fabrics, I have chosen for the 2016 summer season, as well as Spring/Summer 2017.
Below, is" Kopak", blended with cotton and tencel. It's a tree that produces a seed pod very similar to cotton. It's water resistant and anti-micrbrial. Durning WWII, Kopak was used to stuff life vests and other floatation devices.
Kopak is also and additive in Ayahuasca. Drink that and you will get fucked up.
The blend of cotton, kodak, and tencel gives this cloth an amazing hand. The cloth itself is light and airy with a nice stubby texture.
Our next swatch is 100% Tencel. I can't say enough about Tencel. It has wicking properties which everyone enjoys. It's incredibly soft and doesn't lose strength, when wet or dry. The cloth doesn't wrinkle like cotton. It holds color incredibly well. Given the fact, we here at WvG like to garment dye just about everything, having tencel in are fabric line up makes sense.
Here, are some colors, I am thinking about using.
Personally, I would like to use all 4 colors. However, I don't get to decide, you do!
You probably have ran across Modal before, usually when buying a tee shirt. Below, is Modal in a woven form. It's blended with a little silk. Honestly, it's soft as fuck. I am crazy soft. Think Bamboo Sorona tee soft but with a silkier feeling.
It differently has a sheen to it but not in a bad way. Modal, excels in the wicking department. It absorbs water quickly. It also preforms well in the fact that it doesn't shrink like most other fibers do. It's also prone to pilling.
Below is the color card with some color options. Personally, I would stick with the dark blue and charcoal gray.
Finally, we have Tencel, cotton, and polyurethane blend. The poly percentage is a whopping 1%.
The reason for the poly is to give it the crinkled effect. I have used this cloth before and did it incredibly well. I just want offer it again in different color ways.
Here are the color ways I suggest.
When summer arrives or if you live in an area that's hot you want to invest in these cloths. You will thank me, later.
The cellulose family will go up for pre-sale this coming week for rewards members.