Trend Alert! Tencel Fibres
Premiere Vision Paris is coming up and I am so excited about seeing all the new and different technologies that companies from around the world have come up with! There is always something innovative being released and I truly am like a kid in a candy shop when I attend the trade shows. What most people don’t realize is that the textile industry is extremely complex and there are new advancements coming out in all aspects of it. While it is intricate, I’ll break it down into the most basic steps that I can:
- Weaving and Knitting
- Dying (this can be done before step 3 or after – depends on the type of fabric)
In this blog I’m going to focus on the Fibre and Yarn stage of the industry and talk about a product that I am obsessed with: Lenzing’s Tencel. Not only is it beautiful, but it is also one of the most eco-friendly fibres on the market.
What Exactly Am I Talking About
To understand Tencel, you need to have a basic understanding of fibre categories. We have cellulosic, protein, synthetic, and manufactured cellulosic. A manufactured cellulosic fiber is taken from a natural source but then made into a yarn the same way a synthetic fiber would be. Tencel is made from wood pulp and processed in a closed loop system (99% of the solvents used are able to be recycled and re-used again). What is really unique about the fact that Tencel is manufactured instead of just spun into a yarn (like cotton), is that the yarn can be made in any style you want. This fibre can be made to mimic silk, cotton, linen, etc… What gives fabrics different looks is length and texture of the fibre, the cross section of the yarn, and the way it is woven. With Tencel, every aspect of this can be controlled. According to Lenzing’s website, Tencel is softer than silk, cooler than linen, more absorbent than cotton, and reduce the amount of bacteria formation. Basically Tencel is a super fibre that is eco friendly and beautiful, what more can you ask for?
Why am I Forecasting This Trend?
The world is changing. Rising CO2 levels and over pollution by humanity has caused animals to become extinct in massive numbers within our life time, the polar ice caps are receding at an alarming level, and the Great Barrier Reef is struggling to survive. The fashion industry has often been thought of as superficial and stuck up, but by supporting fibres like Tencel we can limit the amount of damage caused to the Earth, avoid any pollution in water, and still create beautiful, eco-friendly clothing like I’ve listed below that you can buy today