May 20, 2013
100% Soy Silk (Soybean) and Blends
Soybean fiber is one of the eco-friendly vegetable fibers from the category of Bast Fiber or Skin Fiber - fibers are collected from the skin or bast surrounding the stem of their respective plant. Skin fibers have higher tensile strength than other fibers, and are used for durable yarns and fabrics. Other than soybean fiber, these fibers include: flax, hemp, okra, nettle, rattan, banana fiber, and other plant fibers.
Soybean fiber was invented by Henry Ford in 1937, and was termed as " Soy Wool". Until 1960, soybean fiber was being manufactured in Poland. This fiber was reinvented in 1998 and was promoted in 2000. At presents, it can be made from waste products of the soy bean food industry.
The advantages and wearing values: Firstly, soybean yarn has cashmere-like handle - it is naturally soft, smooth, and lustrous. Then, it has good draping properties, excellent moisture absorption, and natural permanent bacteria resistance. Also, plant protein of the soybean fiber can be absorbed by the human body more easily and without any side effects. While in contact with the skin, amino acids in soybean protein fiber active skin protein and coruscate the skin's energy. Therefore garments made of soy silk are very comfortable to wear and feel like a second skin.
Blends: Soybean fiber can be successfully blended with other animal or plant fibers. For example, a soy silk and cashmere blend does not only enhance the hand and lower the manufacturing cost of cashmere products, but also gives superior luster and comfort, as well as anti-pilling and drape properties. A blend of soy silk and wool accumulates the lustrous, soft hand and strength of soybean fiber, and the elasticity and heat-retaining properties of wool. Soybean-cotton enhances the moisture-permeability, quick-dry and drape properties of cotton. To obtain more information about vegetable fibers, please refer to Wikipedia.org
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