When embarking on your journey of creating products for your own clothing line, the type of you choose truly matters.
An important role and component of making great clothing, the right not only determines the overall style and aesthetic of your finished garment, but also its functionality, quality and performance. With a plethora of , and materials available, narrowing down on your final option can sure be a daunting task.
You’ve probably heard about various fabrics (such as the ever-popular cotton), but do you know that there are different types of , silk, , , , , or even can also be used to create and woven or even to be used for knitted such as cardigans, sweaters, and gloves.
Sounds kinda confusing, huh? That’s why we’ve pieced together this introductory guide on an overview of , and a couple of personal recommendations for each clothing style and garment type.
We’ve designed it to be broken down into various clothing styles and collections so that it’ll be relevant to whatever type of apparel you are looking to create. This way, we hope that you’ll better know how to choose yourfor your own collection, or even when you for the latest threads. But first, to get a better overview and introduction of the various materials, let’s take a look at how are made.
The beginning of starts with f raw materials that are first made into textile yarns, and then into .
can be mainly broken down into three main types: natural, regenerated and synthetic.
- Camel hair
- Soybean Protein
- Milk Casein
Most polymers are similar to compounds that make up plastic, rubber and coatings. These synthetic and are developed through a chemical process combining small molecules into polymers-polymerization.
Common , or . made from synthetic fibres are , , , , , , which can be used for fashion, ,
Other commonly used , woven and hides: types to note are also
, looped continuously to create a textile with a braided look
- Produces common such as jerseys knits, rib knits, velour and interlock
The terms hide or skin refers to animal skins that are tanned or dried for human use. Hide includes all leathers, with and without animal hair present on the surface. Hides also sometimes include furs, which are harvested from animals with soft hair.
Skins of animals with the hair removed, treated for human use
- From smaller animals such as sheep or goats
- Thinner than hides
- Skins of larger animals such as cows
- Skins of animals with a shoulder height of more than 1m
- Thicker than skins
Choosing The Right
When picking out your desired Keep in mind the advantages and characteristics of each , like and suitability for for example, and its relationship to the garment., it’s important to note the properties of the and how it will correlate with the garment design and intended use.
For example, you will want to look at materials that offer breathability, stretch, and moisture-wicking properties for an activewear collection.
Likewise, If you are planning to design & launch your collection with a target audience that resides in tropical climates, similarly, look out for characteristics that would matter for the clothing. They should be cooler, breathable fabrics that will feel light and airy against the skin in the heat and humidity.
Now that you have a brief understanding and overview of and what to look out for, let’s get cracking and explore the various materials based on popular styles and collections: