• 22 May 2010

    How hot?

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    What a scorcher!!  If today was your wedding day I hope you were suitable dressed to withstand the hot temperatures.

    Most wedding dresses which are bought off the peg are made from synthetic fabrics these days, but if you have your dress made or by a designer label chances are your dress will be made of silk. Well here’s a little interesting fact about silk. Edmund Hillary wore silk garments on his expedition to the summit of Everest…. because silk has thermal properties!! Hilliary’s undergarments were a combination of cashmere, merino wool (soft handle) and silk. He is known to have worn close fitting silk gloves in order to keep his extremities warm and of course silk can be woven in such a way that it is very lightweight, an added bonus when climbing to 29,028 feet above sea level. So, if your frock was made of silk today chances are you may have felt slightly hotter than expected, thank goodness for air -con!

    So while I’m rambling on about fabric I’ll just share a couple of other little gems with you. A common misconception is that ‘satin’ is a what the fabric is made of…

    ‘What’s your dress made of?’

    ‘Oh it’s made from satin’

    Well folks satin is not the name of thread used to make fabric, its the method the threads are woven together to create a satin construction.  So you could have a satin fabric made from silk, polyester, nylon etc.. Hope I’m not losing you here, still awake? And speaking of Nylon do you know why it’s called nylon? Because the polymer was developed in New York and London simultaneously. Yes I am a fabric geek!! Oh and just thought of another little bit of info, do you know when I was working in the textile industry, many moons ago, yarns were being developed made from corn, known as PLA, very sustainable. Bamboo, that’s another natural product being used in the manufacture of yarns. I could go on and on….what about the antibacterial properties of silver, yeah, being used in running socks and sports bras already…. have I digressed from weddings?

    ……so of course I couldn’t go without mentioning that our quality fitting covers are made from cotton fabric, see I really am a fabric snob. Would you pop a polyester tablecloth on your table? No, so why sit on a polyester chair cover? Go for comfort every time  – choose cotton!! Lecture over:-)

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