Sometimes we don’t want to wear the linen, cotton, linen, and ramie clothes we buy every day because they are too harsh on the skin, feel rough and wrinkled, and are not hygroscopic! I didn’t feel much when I bought it, and after wearing it a few times I discovered a lot of problems, but now I can’t return it, and the money has been spent again. Without regret medicine, it’s too late.
Everyone should know the pros and cons, so let me talk to you about some things that you don’t know. Today I will teach you how to choose high-quality hemp clothes that are suitable for us! The following dry information is worth sharing.
Looking at the raw materials of hemp clothes
Because there are many hemp products, we will only talk about these types of clothes that are commonly used in clothing today. They are flax, ramie, and cotton. Flax and ramie are both extracted from plants. But they are different in terms of source material. Flax belongs to the family Linaceae. Ramie belongs to the Urticaceae family, and cotton and linen are a blend of cotton and linen. This is easy to understand and will be discussed later.
Humans have been using flax for tens of thousands of years. It is the earliest natural plant fiber used and began to be used 5,000 years ago. Clothes made of flax, the flax fiber extracted from flax is made into cloth! It is called natural air conditioner. Because flax is the only bundle fiber among natural fibers. Because there are no more conditions for air to remain, the air permeability rate of linen fabric is as high as 25%+. It has excellent thermal conductivity and breathability. Therefore, it can quickly and effectively reduce the surface temperature of the skin.
Before the Tang Dynasty, linen was divided into fine linen and coarse linen. Fine linen was worn by princes and nobles. Clothes made of burlap and ramie were worn by common people. This is a bit similar to talking about the count of pure cotton. The higher the count. The finer the hemp fiber! The quality is relatively better.
Ramie is one of the most important fiber crops in ancient times in our country. The place of origin is in China! The advantages of ramie are very similar to linen. They are not susceptible to mold corrosion and insect infestation and are lightweight. If you compare cotton and ramie with similar volumes, ramie will be at least 20% lighter. Breathable and cool. And the moisture and heat dissipation efficiency is much higher than cotton. Fiber strength is even more different. (After all, hemp was used to make rope in the past.)
If cashmere is the best among woolen products, then ramie fabric is the best among hemp products! Very high-end ramie, the price and texture are much better than silk. Some people may think that ramie is of low quality, but in fact it is not. That’s because he hasn’t seen high-end ones. Ramie is the only one available in China. Its fiber length is the longest among all natural fibers, but the manufacturing process is somewhat difficult. The two ends of its fiber are a bit hard. If the workmanship is too poor, the two ends are a bit hard. This is one of the reasons why many people buy hemp clothes and they feel stuck. Properly processed high-count ramie does not have this problem at all. It is soft and light and even has a silk-like luster, which is not at all like what everyone thinks of ordinary ramie fabrics!
Cotton and linen
I won’t say much about this. It’s a cotton and linen blended fabric! I will mainly tell you how to identify it. Cotton and linen will be softer than the above two fabrics! There is a layer of plush on the surface of the fabric. You can see it clearly when you hold the fabric sideways and look at it. It also feels like cotton to the touch.
Cotton and linen
Let’s focus on why their prices are so different! Personally, it feels like cotton, from the place of origin! The workmanship starts to get worse. For example, linen. Its cultivation and growth environment determine its innate qualities. The technique of retting and cooking determines the quality of hemp. Why are there many mid-to-high-end merchants using domestic or Russian flax as the gimmick of foreign European flax? Because the quality of linen in France is the best. Just like Xinjiang long-staple cotton, the environment of this place is suitable for the growth of this type of plant. So the quality is generally not bad.
After the flax is mature and harvested, it will be retting. It seems like just throwing it into the water. But this is actually a very demanding job. The most primitive method is to expose it to the wind and sun in the natural rainforest, which is time-consuming and low-yield, but the quality of the product will be better.
After retting, you still have to cook it! There are many manufacturers in China that can produce linen fabrics, but the craftsmanship is uneven, or even very different. Most of them are small factories. Frankly speaking, cost is the biggest problem before profit! After lowering costs. It’s a joke for consumers and buyers to think that linen should shed. From quality inspection. From a practical point of view, there are no lint-free textiles, but this is a matter of probability. The problem of why many linen clothes shed lint lies in the two steps of retting and cooking. Because they want to reduce costs. If there is no problem with these two points. The made flax material has long, uniform fibers and good strength
Why do the flax sold by some merchants look old? This is actually due to poor dyeing process and other corrosion. The fabric looks old and lacks flexibility.
When purchasing flax, the count in China is generally 14. Why? Because the spinning technology of most machinery and equipment is at this level.
Fax dyeing includes printing and dyeing and yarn-dyed weaving! Yarn-dyed�The raw fiber requirements are very high. He dyes the hemp yarn (a yarn equivalent to pure cotton) when it is first produced, and then weaves it! The cloth woven in this way has full color and is not easy to fade.
Printing and dyeing are woven into cloth and then dyed! It will cover the problems of the fabric itself. You can’t tell when it’s knitted. Therefore, it is difficult for buyers to distinguish whether it is yarn-dyed or printed and dyed.
After washing, the color is obviously light and old. It is basically printed and dyed. Then there’s the smell. But it won’t be too obvious. There will be more or less a smell in printing and dyeing, because color auxiliaries are added in the printing and dyeing process to control the color fastness! Such as formaldehyde.
In high quality condition.
Breathability and dryness: ramie>linen>cotton
Glossiness: ramie>linen>cotton Linen
Comfort level: ramie>cotton>linen
Under normal circumstances!
Comfort: cotton and linen>linen>ramie
Price: linen>ramie>cotton and linen
Breathable and dry: ramie>linen>cotton and linen
About the price! Don’t buy linen below 150. . . This does not mean that consumerism must make everyone buy expensive things. But the quality of this linen is really poor. Otherwise, it is made of cotton, linen or polyester and linen blends. The hemp content is not too high either. I want to meet some big anchor. Selling pure linen dress for 79 yuan! After the consumer bought it and washed it, it cracked in the washing machine. Sleeves are sleeves and body is body. I’m not making this up, it’s a real person! Better ramie. Prices range from tens of yuan per meter to one or two hundred yuan for imported products. The price range is relatively large. It still depends on everyone’s financial ability, so it is recommended that you act within your ability.
Natural materials have become more popular in the past two years. The prices of cotton, linen, silk and wool have increased. Regardless of whether the raw materials are good or bad! As long as it is natural materials, the price has increased a lot. Hemp products themselves can be worn for a long time, if you originally bought 4 pieces a year. Use this money to buy two. You can wear it for years. You don’t want your clothes to be strong but faded into discoloration, right? As for the two processes I mentioned above, if they are not done properly, they will really fade. Although linen is generally light-colored. But it looks really ugly when it fades. The kind that is printed and dyed will not fade evenly. He may be a piece that is severely faded at some point. From a distance, it looks like a lot of potholes.
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