Friday, May 10, 2013

Organic Fabrics

Does anyone know anything about the new organic fabrics and if they are free of chemical finishes? Seems a shame that leaving off all the things that are added to a fabric would cause them to cost more. Also, many battings have finishes which cause some respiratory issues for me.


At May 10, 2013 at 4:41 AM , Blogger RoseyP said...

Laura, first of all, my experience with organic fabrics is that they have a nicer feel or handle to them, they are softer. Their dyes are not as fast and fading can occur. However, I've just completed a wallquilt in which I have used a large piece of organic cotton, with its fading and I like the appearance of it. I would find out the converter's name on the cloth and use your search engine to source out the manufacturer of the cloth. Organic cotton information is on the net somewhere. Start with organic cotton manufacturers and ask what chemicals they don't add to their cloth. When I did research into chemicals in cloth in the early '90's, most converters would not tell me what chemicals they used in their finishing process. I went to the library and looked into a large dictionary of sorts to understand the names of these chemical finishes and their medical effects on humans. A textile converter will only give so much information; ask them for the brand names you're familiar with..Hoffman, etc. etc. It's a long thread of information you're looking for and it's like a chemical search party onto yourself. You can begin to collect information.


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