OCT 10, 2016
100% MICROFIBER AND BLENDS
Microfibers, also known as microdeniers, are now very popular in the garment and upholstery industry. Their popularity can be attributed to their ability to repel moisture as well as their durability, which are a result of the size fo these fibers - they are so small that they can be tightly woven together. The ultra-microfibers are naked to the human eye, and are so fine that you could stretch a strand 50 miles long and it would weigh no more than a gram! After years of experimentation, a perfected process resulted in the invention of this remarkable fiber that led to incredible performance as well as exceptional luxuriousness.
Microfibers are made from polyester, nylon, rayon, and most recently acrylic. What constitutes the microfiber is the DPF, or "denier per filament" - the weight in grams of 9,000 m of yarn, which is equal to 1 denier. Specifically, a microfiber would have a filament measurement of between .05 and 1.5 in this range. To compare: 1-3 denier refers to fine cotton or wool, 5-8 denier is for average cotton or wool, 10-15 denier corresponds to very fine nylon stockings!
The process of making these fibers was originally developed in Japan. The steps involved in microfiber development also involves an innovative spinning technology and creation of faux leathers. - Reference: SLB.com and "Pocket Textile Expert", Ifran Ahmed Shaikh (Sapphire Fibers, Pakistan)
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