program Cotton GSM
program Cotton GSM
ARKET differentiates the number of knitting needles used in its specially designed series of yarn counts to create a core collection of jersey materials in four different weights.
GSM, a standard measurement of fabric weights in textile trading, stands for grams per square metre and indicates the material’s density. A high-GSM fabric is typically knitted with shorter loops and is thus thicker and more compact, while a lower GSM denotes a finer and more loosely knitted material.
Customised machine settings yield a variety of knitted fabrics characterised by firmness and balance. The resulting array of fabric weights allows garment patterns to be replicated in varying textures for different applications. The reiteration of a single-source cotton fibre throughout a range of ARKET yarns generates a framework for exploring the raw material’s potential.
Program Jersey Yarn Project™
program Jersey Yarn Project™
32mm extra-long staple cotton fibres are the starting point for ARKET’s jersey collection. Three different yarn counts – 26Ne, 30Ne and 32Ne – have been carefully selected and developed as a creative framework for exploring the full potential of the raw material. Working with a small set of unique yarns also ensures consistent quality and contributes to a more cost-efficient production process.
Depending on the combination of yarn count (weight and fineness) and number of plies, gauge (number of needles per inch) and method of construction, a single yarn will yield a virtually endless variation of textures, tensions and shapes – from smooth single jerseys to piqués, ribs or pointelles in different weights. The number of needles used for each knit is customised to the respective yarn which enhances the natural properties of the fibre and provides balance and body to all fabrics.
Yarn spun from extra-long staple cotton is both softer and stronger than conventional cotton. The longer fibre means that fewer ends are exposed, resulting in a smoother and tighter yarn and in turn a more durable garment that retains its colour, keeps its shape and resists pilling. Ring spinning, which is the method used for the Jersey Yarn Project, creates an even softer and more durable result.