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Know your (our) Fabric

by Rajveen Aujla | November 13, 2016 | 0 Comments

Since young, my mother has doggedly instilled in me a reminder to be curious about the type of fabrics my clothes were made of. On shopping trips with her, she would often initiate a full-blown discussion on materials with the sales representative while I just wished the ground would open and swallow me. Fast-forward many years, and little has changed. My mother still takes fabrics seriously and I have surprisingly picked up a penchant for them too.

To give you an introduction into this tangled world, we give you a quick rundown of main fabrics used from 3 of our brands.

 

Fabric #1: Tencel

Brand: Milk &Thistle

Milk & Thistle’s new collection uses tencel as their main material like the Slip Dress in Salsa (below). Tencel is in fact the brand name for Lyocell and is a fabric made from cellulose from wood pulp. It is one of the more sustainable fabric options on the market mainly because the wood pulp required is derived from Eucalyptus trees which do not require irrigation and use of pesticides. This fabric also utilises less energy and water compared to other synthetic materials like polyester and nylon. The closed-loop system that produces Tencel recycles 99% of the chemicals and solvents, ensuring that the production process is maximised and waste is reduced.

Milk & Thistle Slip Dress in Tencel

Milk & Thistle Slip Dress in Tencel

What’s to know: Wrinkle-free, breathable, absorbent, bio-degradable

Care: Hand wash in cold water or dry clean and steam on low heat

 

Fabric #2: Crepe

Brand: Stolen

When one thinks of crepe, the image of a slightly crinkled and puckered piece of cloth comes to mind. The reality is not far from that. In the production process, the fibres are actually twisted such as to lend the material its distinctive crisp texture. However, do not be belied by this seemingly harsh process. The resultant crepe fabric drapes well, is soft and extremely comfortable.

Crepe is also the perfect material for any occasion wear. The gorgeous Faith dress (below) is popular with customers because of its flowy and lightweight material giving the wearer an ethereal, almost magical air.

Stolen Faith dress at nana & bird

Stolen Faith Dress in Black

What’s to know: Soft, lightweight and comfortable

Care: Hand wash in cold water or dry clean and steam on low heat

Stolen is available in our Yong Siak Street store only.  

 

Fabric #3: Cotton

Brand: Cassey Gan

Cassey Gan’s clothing is extremely tactile. There is so much to see and feel and a lot of that has to do with her blend of eye-catching geometric fabrics. She places her trust in the classic fabric of choice: cotton and uses it as her base fabric for all her designs.

Cotton is derived from the fluffy seed pods of the cotton plant before being converted into yarn and ready to be used as a clothing fabric. It is a strong, absorbent and a very comfortable natural fibre. It is also non-allergenic being 100% chemical-free.

Cassey Gan’s Raindrop dress (below) has a mix of polyester and cotton. Polyester prevents shrinkage which cotton can be prone to while the cotton still ensures that the garment is breathable- making this a dream fabric blend!

Cassey Gan at nana & bird

Cassey Gan Raindrops dress

What’s to know: Breathable and durable

Care: Hand wash in cold water, dry clean or machine wash on a cool cycle

And that’s it for now! We hope that this article has given you an excuse to be a tad bit more inquisitive about what exactly is it that you are wearing on your body!

 

 

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