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JY Textiles | Natural Fibers

NATURAL FIBERS

Cotton

Cotton fabrics are not what we can call new having been around for over 7,000 years starting with the Mexicans and then moving across Asia leading to China who today are the world’s largest producer of cotton fibre.  Today cotton is still in many instances the first choice for bedding products and even when using a wool or silk filling tends to be the first choice for the outer fabric case.  However, when used as a filling fibre it can offer a perfect solution for summer where the nights are cool yet you are not wanting the warmth from a heavier fibre.  Cotton is a replenishable fibre, we grow it so it contributes to sustainable employment without damaging the worlds re-sources.  JY Textiles in addition to standard cotton filled quilts offer an organic option that is sourced from EU certified farms and processed in GOTS approved mills to ensure that the organic integrity is maintained.

Characteristics:

  • Replenishable
  • Low crimp
  • Hypo-allergenic
  • Dust Mite resistant

Wool

Like cotton wool has been a primary source of fibre for many years with the first evidence being found over 8000 years ago in Iran.  Unlike cotton however wool fibres enjoy a certain amount of crimp that enables them to trap air when used as an insulator and therefore can offer warmth along with other natural features.  As wool is a natural conductor of heat it has the ability to store warmth and pass this back when required which is why it is one of nature’s best phase change materials and does naturally what many have started to develop synthetically.  At JY Textiles we offer a range of wool quilts with the majority using Australian Superwash wool which is specially treated to allow a greater durability, longevity and can be washed and tumble dried making it a very practical filling.  As with all natural fillings wool is a something we can get without doing any damage to the worlds resources, it grows on the back of a sheep and is removed without damage to the animal unlike many Duck & Goose fillings.

Characteristics:

  • Medium crimp
  • Good insulator
  • Fire resistant
  • Static resistant
  • Hydrophilic

Key Benefits:

  • Naturally flame retardant
  • Hypo-allergenic
  • Not conducive to dust mites
  • Great for natural temperature & humidity control
  • Soft and comfortable
  • Suitable for all year round use
  • Natural and renewable material

Silk

At JY Textiles we are very fortunate to be located in the heart of the silk industry of China and have excellent access to supplies.  Generally silk for filled bedding is categorised into two versions, Mulberry & Tussah or Wild silk both with differing characteristics.  Mulberry silk is named after the Mulberry tree that is the sole source of food for the Bombyx Mori (silkworm) and is cultivated on a commercial basis producing a very consistent and pure white fibre.  The Tussah however is a wild silk that can be spun by a variety of silk worms (there are over 500 species) and tends to be a courser shorter staple fibre that are more resistant to finishing and dyes.  Both silks are suitable for bedding and the choice between the two tends to be made on the grounds of cost as opposed to functionality with Tussah being the cheaper option.  As a flat fibre silk is generally used for a summer quilt with its soft light drape and cool touch it can offer a luxurious anti allergenic summer option to cotton.

Characteristics:

  • Light weight
  • Anti-allergenic
  • Cool to touch
  • Soft handle

Key Benefits:

  • Naturally flame retardant
  • Hypo-allergenic
  • Resistant to dust mites
  • Cool for summer use
  • Light weight with good drape
  • Soft and comfortable
  • Natural and renewable material

Camel

There are primarily two options of camel fillings, down and hair.  Camels generally have two coats, the warm inner one of down and a rough outer one of hair both of which a camel will shed in clumps creating roughly 10kg of fibre annually.  These fibres are gathered and processed and used for a multitude of purposes of which bedding is just one.  Most JY Textiles camel quilts are made using camel down which is an incredibly soft fibre with a structure similar to cashmere that offers high moisture absorbency and heat support.  Due to its ability to absorb moisture it is ideally suited to people wanting a dry sleep environment such as those suffering from rheumatism and like wool it has the natural ability to manage heat making it an ideal fibre for both winter and summer use.

Characteristics:

  • High crimp
  • Good insulator
  • Soft handle
  • High moisture absorbency

Key Benefits:

  • Naturally flame retardant
  • Hypo-allergenic
  • Not conducive to dust mites
  • Great for natural temperature & humidity control
  • Soft and comfortable
  • Suitable for all year use
  • Natural and renewable material.

Cashmere

When it comes to luxury no wool fibre has more prestige than Cashmere.  Originally named Pashm (Persian for wool) cashmere wool for textiles is obtained from the neck region of the Cashmere and other goats who have a double coat consisting of a soft underdown which mingles with a straighter much coarser protective hair.  When clipped the soft down is separated from the hair to leave a super soft wool that provides a natural light weight insulation without the bulk of other wool fibres.  At JY Textiles we manufacture cashmere quilts using a number of fabrics but our ultimate is a blended silk cotton jacquard with a sateen piped edge that makes this quilt simply the best money can buy.

Characteristics:

  • Light weight
  • Good insulator
  • All the benefits of wool & camel
  • Super soft handle

Key Benefits:

  • Naturally flame retardant
  • Hypo-allergenic
  • Not conducive to dust mites
  • Great for natural temperature & humidity control
  • Super soft and comfortable
  • Suitable for all year use
  • Natural and renewable material

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