Fabrics 101: Why we use natural fabrics

30 Apr 2019

 

 

 

A QUICK MATERIAL STUDIES LESSON. WE WANTED TO SHARE WITH YOU WHY WE FIND IT IMPORTANT TO USE ONLY NATURAL MATERIALS IN THE J.JACKMAN PIECES WE MAKE.

 

What is the difference between natural and synthetic fibers?

A natural material (such as cotton) comes from nature. It can be from an animal, such as wool or leather, or from plants, such as cotton and linen. The material is made up of staple fibers. Staple fibers are short, single units of thread. Natural fibers behave in a similar way to your hair. If you look at a natural fiber under a microscope you will notice that they have a coarse outside with ridges and are all different lengths. That  means that they have an end and they can break and snap.

 

A non natural fiber is called a synthetic material. This material does not occur naturally and is completely man-made using different chemicals. It is made up of one continuous fiber called a filament. Think of a filament as a continuous thread. Up close it looks like a long and straight tube.   

 

What makes natural fibers wrinkle?

You might notice that your favorite white cotton shirt wrinkles more on hot summer days, and there is a good reason for it. Specifically: heat and water. When your body warms up and cools down, the fabric absorbs the excess moisture. It also heats up with the temperature outside and from your body heat. This means that the more heat and water is absorbed in the fabric, the more wrinkles will develop. Synthetic materials don’t wrinkle so much because they can handle much more heat. But that also means that the heat gets trapped on the inside which makes you hot and sweaty.

 

It's natural for natural fibers to wrinkle.

 

Why is Natural better?

Natural and organic materials are much better for the skin. Our skin is our biggest organ and absorbs everything. Natural materials such as cotton and linen don’t have harmful chemicals in them which is very important when we spend all day in our clothes. That's one reason why we only use natural materials and as much organic cotton as possible.

 

Natural materials are also very breathable. Natural fibers have little gaps in their structure which allow for air to pass through and let your body cool down and heat up without trapping the air. Synthetic materials don’t let your body breathe which can result in a lot of sweating and unpleasant smells. That's definitely not something you want when you’re trying to power through your day.

 

How to care for your natural pieces?

Natural fabrics are extremely long lasting but it’s important to look after them in the right way. They are much more sensitive to washing.  To make your fabulous wardrobe last as long as possible it’s important to take good care of it. Always follow the washing instructions on the care label and we encourage you to let them dry naturally. Never wash wool and linen in warm water (or else your pieces will shrink!).  We encourage you to hand wash your silk garments.

 

Next time you feel a bit uneasy if your outfit wrinkles, own it!

It means you care about your skin and understand the benefits of choosing natural. We hope this lesson in Material Studies gave you a better understanding about why we choose to use only natural materials.

 

 

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