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.
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.