The importance of the fibre in ensuring the quality of the fabrics
We’ve all heard a lot about the phrase “number of threads” when we talk about bed linen, but is it really as important as we think?
We talk about the “number of threads” we refer to the amount of vertical and horizontal threads in a square inch of fabric. Many companies talk about the “number of threads” as the most important factor to consider when buying sheets.
The old saying “the more threads, the more luxurious the sheets” became a marketing slogan to help companies boost their sales without improving the quality of their product, but this saying couldn’t be further from the truth.
To truly understand the quality that we are speaking of, we need to first understand the process of converting fibres into fabrics.
From cotton to thread
Staple cotton fibers are spun together to create yarn. A longer staple is ideal, because when the yarn is spun, it gives it strength, which means less pilling.
Because ELS Egyptian cotton has extra-long staple fibers, there are fewer breaks in the cotton when spinning the yarn.
This leads to a stronger and smoother yarn, which means we don’t have to compensate with multi-ply yarns.