Kobieta prefers to use the top of the line in natural fiber fabrics. The predominant types of jersey utilized are bamboo, organic cottons and modals made from beechtrees. You can always be assured that the Kobieta color collections are incredibly soft, lush, and eco friendly!
Kobieta does in house hand dying to the bamboo/organic cottons. For more information regarding that please see :::HERE:::
The material is a stretch jersey that is a medium 10oz per yard weight. For comparison sake, an average cotton tee uses about 4-5 oz and jeans or heavy sweatpants uses (usually) around a 13-15 oz weight.
The Bamboo/Organic Cotton fabric offered in the majority of the listings are hand dyed, here, in my studio.
Specific Information Regarding Bamboo, Organic Cotton and Beechtree Sourced Fiber Fabric......
Bamboo fabric is a natural textile made from the pulp of the bamboo grass. Bamboo fabric has been growing in popularity because it has many unique properties and is more sustainable than most textile fibers. Bamboo fabric is light and strong, has excellent wicking properties, and is to some extent antibacterial.
Bamboo fiber resembles Cotton in its unspun form of light, airy fibers. To make bamboo fiber, bamboo is heavily pulped until it separates into thin component threads of fiber, which can be spun and dyed for weaving into cloth.
Bamboo fabric is very soft and can be worn directly next to the skin. Many people who experience allergic reactions to other natural fibers, such as Wool or Hemp , do not complain of this issue with bamboo. The fiber is naturally smooth and round without chemical treatment, meaning that there are no sharp spurs to irritate the skin.
Bamboo fabric is favored by companies trying to use sustainable textiles, because the bamboo plant is very quick growing and does not usually require the use of pesticides and herbicides to thrive. As a result, plantations can easily be kept organic and replanted yearly to replenish stocks. The process of making unbleached bamboo fiber is very light on chemicals that could potentially harm the environment.
In textile form, bamboo retains many of the properties it has as a plant. Bamboo is highly water absorbent, able to take up three times its weight in water. In bamboo fabric, this translates to an excellent wicking ability that will pull moisture away from the skin so that it can evaporate. For this reason, clothing made of bamboo fiber is often worn next to the skin.
Bamboo also has many antibacterial qualities, which bamboo fabric is apparently able to retain, even through multiple washings. This helps to reduce bacteria that thrive on clothing and cause unpleasant odors. In addition, bamboo fabric has insulating properties and will keep the wearer cooler in summer and warmer in winter. The versatility of bamboo fabric makes it an excellent choice for clothing designers exploring alternative textiles, and in addition, the fabric is able to take bright dye colors well, drape smoothly, and star in a variety of roles from knit shirts to woven skirts.
Organic cotton is generally understood as cotton that is grown without the use of any synthetic agricultural chemicals such as fertilizers or pesticides. Its production also promotes and enhances biodiversity and biological cycles.
The most important quality of cotton, is that cotton absorbs moisture and stays dry. In other words, it breathes (as opposed to nylon or other synthetic fibers which can cause perspiration). This quality makes cotton products more comfortable than synthetics and perfect for clothing that will be used for physical activity.
Clothing is sometimes the source of contact dermatitis, an allergic reaction. Dyes, resins and formaldehyde used in processing fabrics as likely sources of reactions, and note that synthetic fibers and wool can act as irritants. Thus, organic cotton clothing, made without these potential allergens and irritants, may feel better to the skin.
Modal fabric is a natural type of rayon, but dyes just like cotton and is colorfast when washed in warm water. Made by spinning reconstituted cellulose from beech trees, this fabric type is 50% more water absorbent per unit volume than cotton. These fabrics are known for their smoothness and softness.
This natural plant based version feels like other types of rayon that were originally marketed as "artificial silk". Beechtree Modal is soft, smooth and breathes well. Its texture is similar to that of cotton or silk. It is cool to the touch and very absorbent.
One of the advantages of modal is its resistance to shrinkage. Modal is also less likely to fade or to form pills as a result of friction. Its smoothness also makes hard water deposits less likely to adhere to the surface, so the fabric stays soft through repeated washings.
You will also see items offered in my shop labeled "OBV" or "OCV". These initials mean "Organic Bamboo Velour" and "Organic Cotton Velour". These lush and amazingly soft fabrics have a fuzzy texture to their face and offer incredible comfort for many items.
I also love to use Hemp/Organic Cotton Linen and printed wovens for some items. These listings will explain content within each ad but please contact me with any questions!