334005-200OProductOrganic Cotton Terry Dress
fabric French terry
Fabric French terry
French terry is a stretchy, knitted-jersey fabric characterised by its two different surfaces. The one commonly used as the front has a flat and smooth texture and the side facing the body features a structure of uncut loops. Made of cotton, the fabric is soft and airy and like, terry cloth, which is a woven fabric with loops on both sides, it is highly moisture-absorbent. The longer the loops, the more moisture can be absorbed.
French terry is often used in sportswear, warmup wear and children’s clothes. The fabric’s athletic origins go back to 1920s Alabama, US, when a manufacturer of women’s and children’s underwear began sewing football shirts for a local college team. Using the cotton jersey underwear material to outfit the players, the factory created what ultimately became the classic sweatshirt.
Supplier Flamingo fashion
Flamingo Fashion is part of a Dhaka-based conglomerate called DBL Group, one of the top-five apparel and textile manufacturers in Bangladesh. Founded in 1991, they take a holistic approach to sustainability; they have a number of environmental and organic textile certifications, and procure their raw materials from responsible sources – like the Better Cotton Initiative, which promotes better standards in cotton farming. They also offer positive working conditions for its 28,000 employees, with a day-care centre, skills development courses and a shop that sells a variety of items at subsidised prices. Flamingo Fashion is making ARKET knitted tops, bottoms and jumpers for men and women, as well as nightwear for babies and kids.
Based in Shenzhen, China, Huafu is the world’s largest supplier and manufacturer of mélange yarn in the industry. With about 30,000 employees and five production facilities all over China and Vietnam, the company has been innovative in its use of colour and composition to craft medium-to-high grade, top-dyed mélange yarns. The Chinese stock exchange-listed company has been granted 54 patents in technologies like loose-fibre dyeing and spinning since its founding in 1993. With a focus on more sustainable materials and production processes, it is making organic and pima cotton as well as recycled poly-melange yarns for ARKET.
Mélange yarns are made with top-dyed fibres of different shades, spun together, and are used to create heathered and luminous knitted fabrics.
From the French word meaning ‘mixture’ or ‘medley’, the process of creating mélanges has a smaller impact on the environment than dyeing a finished cloth.
Dyeing and blending fibres before spinning saves water and energy, reduces emissions and creates subtle variations that result in a much deeper, richer colour.