Textiles and their care



The South American vicuña llama provides the silky shining wool for this noble material. One animal can produce enough wool for one pullover each year. Although the fleece of the alpaca is very fine and light, it is very durable and supple. The individual fibres of alpaca fur are hollow inside. This makes them extraordinarily good at controlling heat.

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Cotton is one of the most popular natural fibres because it has excellent spinning characteristics and is particularly long-wearing. There are more than 300 species of this shrub-like plant. The largest growing areas are China (23%) and the USA (20%).

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Down has plenty of volume, stores heat and provides insulation. This is why it is used for filling duvets and clothing. Although white down is the most expensive, there is no difference in quality between white and grey or mixed colour down.

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Terry towelling

Terrycloth is looped fabric woven according to a specific pattern. Broadcloth terry products have a particularly high capacity for absorption due to their irregular loops.

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Originally used for trousers for workers, denim is available today in the form of skirts, bags, shirts, jackets and numerous other items of clothing. The basis for the production of jeans is cotton. The twill weave of different colour threads (normally white and blue) creates the specific jeans pattern, where one side of the fabric has a blue sheen and the other side appears white.

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Cashmere is a type of wool of particularly high-quality. The natural fibres are sheared annually from the down hair of cashmere goats. The global yield is only approx. 5000 t/year. Cashmere is a very expensive and delicate textile. Because of this it requires special care when it is washed.

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Because genuine leather is an animal product, it requires special care. Each type of leather should be cared for differently. Therefore we recommend trying out care products on an inconspicuous spot. In principle, the following applies to all leather clothing: do not use any solvents or nail-polish remover.

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This natural fibre is gained from the stems of the flax plant. Linen is characterized by its high strength and durability. In addition, it is resistant to dirt and odours. It wrinkles easily because it does not stretch much.

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Blended fabrics

A good fabric sometimes is like a good perfume: the blend makes the difference. Robust cotton becomes elegant through the addition of rayon. Cashmere becomes financially more affordable through the addition of cotton. Classic blended fabrics consist of a mixture of cotton and synthetic fibres.

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Poplin is the commercial name for a finely ribbed, plain-weave fabric. The name poplin is merely a commercial term and is not limited to a certain type of fibre. Poplin can be produced from cotton, silk, wool, rayon, polyester or a blend of fibres.

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Silk is a natural fibre obtained from unwinding silkworm cocoons. Hard-working silkworms spin the fine threads up to four kilometres in length. Thanks to its unmistakable softness and appearance, silk emanates a touch of luxury when close to the skin.

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Synthetic fibres

These fully synthetic fibres are extremely elastic and resistant to tearing and abrasion. They do not shrink and dry quickly since they absorb little moisture. Synthetic textiles also maintain their shape well and do not wrinkle.

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Wool fibres are composed of several layers. It is particularly heat retentive and so is frequently used for warm sweaters or cuddly winter garments such as scarves. Wool types include cashmere, angora, merino, lambswool and mohair, among others. Sheep wool is probably the most prevalent.

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