Many complicated things in life will become clear once they are marked with numbers Intuitively, it’s like the power of a car, the size of a TV screen, the cocoa content of chocolate, etc. It seems that people are naturally more sensitive to numbers, so that all walks of life have developed a quantitative standard.
The same is true in the clothing industry, close-fitting wear Textiles that are in direct contact with the skin, such as T-shirts, underwear, shirts, and bedding, will be marked with their fabric count.
Although the concept of fabric count is not yet that Popularity, but in the high-end ready-to-wear market, count seems to have increasingly become a hard indicator for measuring clothing.
More and more people are choosing high In their eyes, high count fabrics are synonymous with comfort.
1. What is fabric count?
Fabric count refers to how many spools can be wrapped in one pound of yarn, that is, how many counts. The better the raw material, the finer and longer the fiber, the greater the strength, the longer the yarn spun, the more coils that can be wound, and the more delicate and finer the fabric spun. soft.
2. Comparison of different counts:
Generally speaking, the higher the count, the thinner and denser the fabric. We often say high count and high density to describe the count.
3. Cotton yarn is classified according to the thickness of the yarn
4. According to different processes, it can be divided into carded yarn and combed yarn.
Combed yarn is made of high-quality raw materials. The fibers in the yarn are straight, parallel, and knotted. With less impurities, good luster, even consistency and high strength, this type of cotton yarn is mostly used for weaving high-end fabrics.
5. Performance of different fabric counts
Taking the most common pure cotton fabric as an example, for clothing, T-shirts made of 40 to 80 thread count fabrics usually have the best wearing experience. Fabrics with a count of 80 to 120 are more suitable for shirts, and fabrics with a higher count are only suitable for bedding.
And when it comes to the concept of count, what is the concept? Now, let’s talk about the history of wool textiles.
In the 19th century, Australia only raised sheep; No wool is produced, but after the wool is sheared from the sheep it is shipped to Yorktown, England, for spinning.
The number of branches is a local tradition in Yorkshire Wool quality inspection unit, that is, how much yarn can be spun from one pound of raw wool. The finer the wool fiber, the more thread can be spun to fill a spool of the same weight.
The more spools of thread a pound of wool can wrap Not only does it mean that the wool is finer, but it also means that it is softer and has a smoother texture close to silk.
This.The technical terms of the wool industry have gradually become the traditional fabric indicators of the entire textile industry. For pure cotton fabrics, fabrics with a count of 29 or more are called high count. Common high count fabrics include 40, 50, 60, and 80.
Generally, fabrics with a count of 40 will feel comfortable when worn That’s right, the higher the count, the finer the yarn, and the smoother the fabric. However, fabrics with a count of more than 100 will become stiff due to textile technology and are too thin for daily wear. European and American high-end ready-to-wear brands also tend to use 32- to 60-count cotton.
It is true that the concept of count has been extended for two For more than a century, many manufacturers have not been rigorous enough in labeling count in daily life, but count is still an important reference standard in the textile and clothing industries. Especially when purchasing cotton fabrics, only high-quality cotton can spin high-count cotton fabrics. Therefore, in the absence of more quantitative standards, the count becomes the most intuitive criterion for determining wearing comfort.
And there is the simplest logic: As long as the cotton fabric uses high-quality cotton, the count will usually be marked. If the count is not marked, it is likely that the selection of raw materials is not strict.