Going back to the basics of nature
Before you start producing garments, you must be able to choose from many different fabrics. It is important to know the added value of each fabric. What is the best fabric? What are the advantages and what are the disadvantages of the fabrics? Which fabrics are suitable for your clothes and which are less? COTIT loves to help you make the right solution for your fashion collections.
Cotton is the most commonly used textile. No synthetic pesticides are used with organic cotton. Also no other substances are added that are harmful to the living environment or to the workers. Organic cotton offers a more environmentally friendly and ethically responsible alternative to cotton. It is processed in a more environmentally friendly manner and under fair conditions.
This type of textile is made from the entire flax plant, so even the root of this plant. Flax is a fiber. After harvesting the flax, it is dried and you can start production. Just as cotton is made from a cotton plant, linen also comes from a plant. The long fibers are used for the clothing and the short fibers are mostly used for rope. Linen is popular because it is a durable fabric and it is also a comfortable and strong fabric, but soft. It is ideal for the summer and absorbs moisture well.
Recycled polyester is making use of existing plastic. “Spheres” are made from pieces of polyester and small pellets are made from them. The advantage of (recycled) polyester is that it is very elastic, dries quickly (useful for sports and swimwear) and can be completely waterproof when used for rainwear, for example.
Viscose, also known as rayon. And It is also called a semi-natural fiber, because it is made from natural fibers, but the processing of these fibers is a chemical process. Viscose has a luxurious appearance, the fabric feels nice and soft and is an absorbent material. At first glance, this is very similar to silk and is also an affordable alternative to silk, yet it feels like cotton. Viscose, lyocell and modal are the different types of rayon fabrics. The difference is in the process they go through and this also gives them other properties. These fabrics are better suited for moisture than cotton.
Wool is made from the soft hair of certain animals. Most wool used is made from sheep’s wool and is produced in Australia, China and New Zealand. Wool is a thick fabric and is nice and warm. Suitable for the cold periods. Certain materials have the structure of wool but are not actually wool. These are the glass wool, steel wool and rock wool. What really is wool is virgin wool, bare wool, tear wool and synthetic wool.
Hemp is an indestructible material. It is healthy for the home and is sustainably responsible. Hemp needs little water to grow and grows very quickly without any addition of fertilizer, for example. Hemp textiles are very strong and therefore wear less quickly. It is soft, does not crease easily and absorbs moisture.
Bamboo grows quickly and only needs sunlight and hardly any water or other nutrients. It is a sustainable material for producing clothing. Growing the bamboo plant is a beautiful ecological process. There are two methods with which you can process the fibers into fabric: a mechanical and a chemical method.