At Solpardus we make sure that all our fabrics are both natural and ethical to leave not only happy skin but a clear conscience. We ensure that Solpardus fabrics are kind to your skin, being certified by Oeko-Tex and tested for harmful substances to protect your health, and the environment, ensuring we use both sustainable and organic fabrics and components where possible.
Linen fabric starts its life as fibres within the flax plant stem. The word “linen” actually comes from the Latin name of the flax plant, “linum”, and the Greek, “linon”, with the flax plant itself thought to have originated in the Mediterranean regions of Europe. Having been in production for over 10,000 years, with Babylonians the first to trade the textile, linen fabric is one of the oldest but its uses have changed over the years. Whilst 70% of linen is now used for fashion items, in the 1970’s this was a mere 5%, with the rest being used for household items. It’s easy to see why linen fabrics were so popular within the home, as they are stronger than cotton and can both absorb and lose water rapidly. Nowadays, linen is the perfect choice for hot climates and summer months.
The flax plants are first dried and the seeds removed, having their own fantastic health benefits when consumed. The fibres of the flax are then removed from the stalk through the process of retting, where natural bacteria decomposes pectins binding the flax fibres together, and then crushed between metal rollers. Finally any remaining short fibres are combed out to leave the longer, softer flax fibres that can be spun into yarn.
Noted as being the best linen in the world, it’s no wonder around 80% of the fabric comes from Europe. European flax plants are known to produce extra long fibres, resulting in particularly strong yet exceptionally soft fabrics.
Linen fabric is…
- Fast drying
- Temperature regulating (cool in summer/warm in winter)
All fantastic qualities to look for when shopping for skin-friendly clothing!
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Bamboo is the fastest growing plant in the world, with some species gaining almost a metre in height in a single day! Originating in dense forests, bamboo was conditioned by evolutionary pressure to hurry up towards the light. Bamboo is also a great asset in supporting our air quality and environment. The plant’s large size, both above and below ground, means it can produce as much as 35% more oxygen than hardwood trees and absorb four times as much carbon. Bamboo also requires very little help in order to reach these great heights, not relying on any fertiliser or pesticides and needing only a small amount of water. The plants are also naturally regenerative, meaning they will continue to grow after a portion has been harvested. In order to produce bamboo fabrics, the stalks are crushed, cellulose pulp then extracted from the fibre, spun into thread and woven into fabric.
Bamboo fabric is…
We can’t wait for you to feel our fabrics for yourself and finally find some solace for your skin!