What's so great about natural fabrics?
Calvander Company is constantly on the hunt for vintage natural fabrics including linen, silk, wool, leather, and cotton. But what makes these natural fabrics so special?
Not only are natural fabrics top of the line for softness and breathe-ability, but they also offer the peace of mind that you're wrapping yourself in organic, raw materials that come straight from the earth. As humans we tend to forget just how porous we are, so it's imperative to provide your skin with healthy materials to live in each and every day.
In addition to their environmentally friendly perks, these fabrics are durable and timeless. In a world where mass production has become standard, there's something remarkable about finding a unique, quality piece that gets better with age.
Read more about these fabrics in these short blurbs or click each one for a link to their Wikipedia pages.
Linen is a textile made from the fibers of the flax plant. Linen is laborious to manufacture, but the fiber is very absorbent and garments made of linen are valued for their exceptional coolness and freshness in hot weather.
Silk is a natural protein fiber, some forms of which can be woven into textiles. The protein fiber of silk is composed mainly of fibroin and is produced by certain insect larvae to form cocoons. The best-known silk is obtained from the cocoons of the larvae of the mulberry silkworm Bombyx mori reared in captivity (sericulture). The shimmering appearance of silk is due to the triangular prism-like structure of the silk fibre, which allows silk cloth to refract incoming light at different angles, thus producing different colors.
Cotton is a soft, fluffy staple fiber that grows in a boll, or protective case, around the seeds of the cotton plants of the genus Gossypium in the mallow family Malvaceae. The fiber is almost pure cellulose. Under natural conditions, the cotton bolls will increase the dispersal of the seeds.