Cotton is a smoother, softer and more comfortable choice. It's "breathable" so
cotton sheets never feel sticky against your skin. Cotton sheets release soil
easily, so they wash clean. Cotton sheets are perfect for any season providing
year-round comfort. The fibre provides cool comfort in the summer and holds a
layer of warm air in the cold weather. They also have the highest wear
resistance of all the principal textile fibres; in fact, they become softer
with repeated washings and use. It is also now generally accepted that cotton
is kinder to the skin of eczema sufferers or people with sensitive skin,
unlike the fibres in wool, nylon and other man-made fabrics, which tend to
irritate the skin. Cotton bedding will look whiter and crisper than
synthetics, and are more comfortable next to the skin.
Types of Cotton
Consumers should always be looking for the best quality cotton products
made from an extra-long staple cotton ( ELS cotton). The long fibers of
ELS cotton make a stronger and more softer yarn, and, in turn, weave into a
much stronger and softer fabric. Most high thread count sheets are made from
ELS cotton because a long fiber is needed to make a very thin, yet strong,
yarn. Among the ELS cottons is Pima, Supima and Egyptian cotton
Pima cotton is a generic label given to any ELS cotton grown
in any country from a particular type of long-staple cotton. Supima
cotton is Pima cotton grown in the U.S.
Egyptian cotton is a fine, lustrous, long staple cotton grown in
Egypt. Long staple cottons are more expensive than the commonly available
cottons, because they are synonymous with quality and have a higher thread
count. The quality and feel of a sheet depends on the fibre the fabric is made
from and the number of threads woven per inch. The higher the thread count (TC) ,
generally softer and more durable the sheet. Also, if it doesn't say 100%, don't
assume 100% Cotton.
Thread Ply is the number of single fibers twisted together before fabric is woven. This means that the higher the ply, the thicker the fabric however there is more chance of
the fabric pilling (to little balls) is greater. 600 TC fabric is the maximum for a single ply. Therefore when softness is desired, a high TC and low ply is preferred but at a higher
cost. On the other hand for heavier sheets a high TC with a high ply is suitabe but proper care must be done to prevent pilling. If one prefers a lighter sheet, select 300 to 600 TC range with a single ply.
Damask is, by definition, the weaving of a design into a cloth as
compared to printing a design onto a cloth. Therefore, a damask design is a
permanent part of the cloth. The subtlety and elegance of the design is what
makes a damask fabric so special. There are a number of weaving and dyeing
techniques used in the production of a damask design, each of which yields a
slightly different effect. For example, to achieve the subtle colors of a
damask, you can piece dye the cloth, or yarn dye the weft (fill) yarns, or
yarn dye and then piece dye.
Easy Care Instructions
Machine wash in cold water, delicate
cycle with mild detergent. No bleach. Tumble dry on low heat. Remove
immediately at end of cycle. Press with warm iron if needed.