Getting to Know Aegean Apparel's Quality Fabrics
Posted on December 08 2009
Aegean Apparel Incorporated prides itself on creating and using top quality fabrics for each and every one of its bathrobes, pajamas, shower wraps, bath towels, beach towels, tee shirts, tote bags, and accessories made to this day. Each fabric possesses its own benefits, the result of which is a completely customizable garment and maximized customer satisfaction. Learn more about what makes these products exceptional and which piece is perfect for you.
Cotton Terry Loop – Undoubtedly the most popular choice of fabric in appliquéd bathrobes, hotel/spa bathrobes, notable luxury bathrobes, and a variety of bath towels, cotton terry loop has proved to be the most beneficial material in bathrobe outfitting since it was introduced centuries ago. Distinguishable by raised loops covering its entire surface, this particular fabrication offers a combination of supreme absorbency, lush softness, incomparable durability, effortless maintenance, and a luxurious look. These attributes make cotton terry loop the first choice for both high-end spa style bathrobes, traditional bathrobes for every day use, and bath towels that the entire family will love.
One little known fact about cotton terry loop is that there are two separate ways of production. While both are equally as soft and absorbent, the first, and most common, is called plaited, or woven, terry. This means that throughout the garment, continuous threads are woven in and out of a flat cotton base into small loops until one or both sides are completely covered. This results in a 100% cotton product which is more vibrant due to it’s dye permeability, and is able to be made into weights as high as 900 GSM (or grams per square meter).
The other type of cotton terry loop is called snag resistant, or knitted, terry. When using this method, separate pieces of cotton yarn are knotted into loops on a flat cotton/poly based fabric. This results in tighter, stronger loops that are more resistant to breaks and pilling. This process allows the fabric to be knitted up to a weight of 400 GSM (or grams per square meter).
Cotton Terry Velour – Cotton terry velour is among the most popular fabrics in the bathrobe and sleepwear industry due to its luxurious look, incredibly soft feel, elegant sheen, and amazing durability. This remarkable material can be identified by its smooth, velvety texture and natural shine, and is created by shaving the loops from the surface of its terry loop counterpart. Cotton terry velour products such as luxurious spa bathrobes and functional printed cover-ups are extremely absorbent and are often used as an alternative to cotton terry loop. When flat, the nap of this fabric provides a sophisticated looking radiance that will never dull, which is why terry velour is used in many high end hotels, spas and resorts worldwide.
Flannel – Flannel is a soft, woven fabric used in bathrobes and pajamas, and is prominently made from cotton. Though its origin dates back to 16th century Wales, today it serves as an extremely desirable fabrication in bathrobes and sleepwear because of its ability to retain warmth while remaining breathable and soft due to the brushing technique used on both sides of the material. This fabric is easy to spot because it usually doesn’t have a nap, and is commonly featured in a plaid design due to the material’s capability of showing great detail in prints.
Bamboo – Bamboo is a relatively new innovation in the bathrobe and sleepwear industry. As a natural fiber, it is extremely soft, shiny, and shares many of the same wearable benefits with cotton. Bamboo is also extremely absorbent; able to hold up to three times its weight in water, which is why manufacturers are introducing this fabrication into bathrobes, pajama sets, bath towels, beach towels, and shower wraps.
The environmental movement also sparked praise for this particular fabrication, as harvesting does not kill bamboo grass and allows it to grow back to full maturity in as little as four years. This material is 100% biodegradable and has the ability to hold dyes with ease. Bamboo is hypoallergenic and is often a good choice for those with sensitive skin as it tends to be less irritating than wool, cotton, or hemp. This fabric can be produced in a loop, velour, or flat knit fabrication.
Flat Knit (Jersey) – Flat knit, or jersey fabric, is an extremely popular choice in the bathrobe and sleepwear industry due to its light weight and durable elasticity. With popularity lying prominently in kimono style bathrobes and pajama sets, jersey fabric is ideal for spring and summer time comfortable robes, pjs, tee shirts, and bedding.
French Terry – French terry is a popular cotton alternative to regular terry cloth because of its light weight and stretchy nature. Perfect for warmer climates, this fabrication works very well for spa bathrobes, cover ups, hair towels, and loungewear. It possesses fair absorbency and is very soft to the touch. Also known as baby terry, this material is perfect for light, airy bathrobes, breathable sleepwear and cozy shower wraps.
Microfleece – Microfleece, which is usually made of synthetic fibers like polyester, has been popular since the early 1960’s. Advantages to this fabrication in the world of bathrobes would be the softness, flat texture, printing clarity, and ability to retain warmth without weighing too much. Maintenance to microfleece products is also extremely easy because it is durable, takes prints and holds dye well, and is extremely resilient. It’s also hydrophobic, which means it will hold less than one percent of its weight in water while fully submerged. This feature is beneficial because microfleece products will take less time in the dryer, greatly decreasing electricity used in the process. Microfleece is often chosen as an alternative to wool bathrobes because of it’s similar texture and man made structure.
Brushed Back Knit – Famed for its absorbency and remarkable ability to take colors and print clearly, this 100% cotton fabric gets its name from the intricate process used to create it. By brushing the inside of ordinary cotton knit material, you are left with a noticeably softer fabric without compromising the durability and absorbency of the final product.
Jacquard – The term jacquard refers to a texturing process used on many items in the bathrobe industry. Different methods of jacquarding include embossing, sculpturing, and burn outs. These treatments add eye catching detail, sophistication, and a little fashion flare to a normally traditional style of bathrobe.
Waffle Piques – Waffle pique bathrobes are often the first choice in hotel/spa wear because of their clean lines, intricate features, and luxurious feel. Recognizable by their raised vertical and horizontal line patterns, waffle pique robes are most commonly found in a kimono style with cropped sleeves and flat collar. These particular robes are light in weight and can be made from cotton, polyester, or bamboo. They also have a sophisticated, elegant appeal and make great beach or resort cover ups.