242013-173ProductWool Boucle Coat
The word bouclé
, which is French for ‘curled’ or ‘looped’, is used both for a type of
yarn and for the knitted or woven fabrics made from it. The yarn is a
so-called novelty yarn, rough and knotted with a unique visual effect
made by wrapping one strand of irregular, loose-tension loops around a
twisted core. Using this type of yarn results in a fabric structure of
small curls and loops, which is so characteristic that the fabric itself
is also referred to as bouclé rather than by the knit or weave construction.
Bouclé fabrics are generally made from wool or cotton, with several colours or shades combined. In woven fabrics, loose and open weave structures are used to accentuate the features of the yarn. A higher concentration of bouclé yarns results in a more pronounced loop effect. The irregular loops inherent in the yarn produce an all-over raised pile texture on the surface of the fabric. A bulkier and more heavily textured fabric will create a softer and rounder silhouette when made into a garment.
Bouclé fabrics are commonly used in coats, dresses, suits and jackets. The classic bouclé cardigan jacket debuted in Paris in 1954, inspired by menswear tailoring with a straight cut, four patch pockets, gold buttons and a contrasting trim.
Artifex is a Romanian apparel manufacturer known for qualitative garments and its use of latest equipment. The fully renovated factory was founded in 2005 after a Swiss couture brand merged with a local Romanian factory. Based in Foscani – on the shores of the Milcov River – Artifex’s home city has a rich textile tradition. Employing about 1,400 professionals, Artifex produces women’s jackets, top skirts, pants and dresses for ARKET, as well as children’s blazers and trousers.
Merino wool, lambswool, mohair – there are many different types of wool. Most do not need to be washed that often and can be spot cleaned where needed and simply aired out.
When you do wash wool, always check the instructions on the care label first and either wash it by hand or in the delicate cycle on your washing machine on a low temperature and with a mild detergent. Put wool in a mesh washing bag to prevent snagging and felting.
To avoid stretching the wool fibres, do not wring wool clothes and
always dry them flat, preferably on a towel to absorb any extra
moisture. Ironing after washing helps to restore the material’s
natural sheen – use a steam iron on the wool setting and a pressing