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Immerse yourself in the timeless elegance of our 100% Linen HBT Fabric, featuring a herringbone twill weave, a pristine white base, and distinguished navy color stripes. A strong mercerizing process elevates the fabric's tactile experience, resulting in a soft and slightly shiny finish.
This fabric undergoes a remarkable transformation as its full width dramatically shrinks from 64 inches to 43 inches through the mercerizing process, creating a natural stretch effect—distinct from spandex, yet equally remarkable. With a medium weight of 184 g/sqm or 5.42 oz per square yard, it strikes the perfect balance for various projects.
Measuring 43 inches (109 cm) in width, this fabric provides ample creative space. The pre-washed treatment enhances its softness, inviting you to explore its tactile richness. Embrace the fabric's natural stretch, offering comfort without the intensity of spandex.
Composition 100% Linen
184 g/sqm or 5.42 oz per square yard Width 43in 109 cm Handfeel pre-washed, soft Elasticity natural stretch
Mercerization is a chemical treatment applied to cellulosic fibers, such as cotton or linen, to enhance their properties. The process was developed by John Mercer in the 19th century and is widely used in the textile industry. Here's an overview of the mercerizing process and its effects:
Sodium Hydroxide Treatment: The fabric, typically cotton or linen, is immersed in a solution of sodium hydroxide (caustic soda). This alkaline solution swells the fibers and makes them more receptive to subsequent processes.
Tensioning: The fabric is then stretched under tension. This can be done in various ways, including passing the fabric through a series of rollers or using other mechanical methods. Tensioning helps the fibers align more uniformly.
Washing: After tensioning, the fabric is thoroughly washed to remove any residual caustic soda. This step is crucial to prevent the fabric from being too brittle.
Acid Neutralization: The fabric is treated with an acid solution to neutralize any remaining alkali. This step helps balance the pH of the fabric.
Drying: The fabric is dried to complete the mercerization process.
The mercerizing process imparts several beneficial characteristics to the fabric:
Increased Luster: Mercerized fibers often have a shinier appearance due to the alignment of fibers and increased light reflection.
Improved Strength: Mercerization can enhance the tensile strength of the fibers, making them more durable.
Better Absorbency: While it may seem counterintuitive, mercerized fibers can also exhibit improved absorbency. The process can open up the fibers, allowing them to absorb and release moisture more efficiently.
Color Affinity: Mercerized fibers may have a heightened affinity for dyes, resulting in more vibrant and saturated colors.
Dimensional Stability: Mercerization can reduce the fabric's tendency to shrink, providing better dimensional stability.