What is combed cotton?

Most people do not realize that there is a significant difference between conventional and combed cotton. Combing cotton is a way to make the clothing fabric feel more exclusive, stronger, and softer through a highly developed production process. The products made from combed cotton are especially suitable for sensitive skin since they provide a softer feel and are generally gentler.

Combed cotton is treated with extreme care from the time it is harvested to the time it becomes an essential ingredient in cloth production. After harvesting the raw material, the cotton is cleaned from dirt and seeds. In order to produce the threads, cotton fibres are separated and lined up next to each other in the same direction. This is done through a special process called carding. The process is rather time consuming but it improves the strength, durability, and overall quality of the cotton fibres. After alignment the fibres are combed with extremely fine brushes in order to leave behind only the longest, strongest, and straightest fibres while at the same time removing any remaining impurities. All the short and prickling fibres are also removed giving the combed cotton greater durability and making it less prone to fraying and tearing. In the process approximately 15% of the initial cotton volume is lost, which increases material and production costs but at the same time greatly improves quality. At http://www.thesocks.com we appreciate this quality and provide you with the finest combed cotton socks on the market. You can discover this yourself by exploring our online shop.

Another type of cotton that is often used in the production of socks is mercerized cotton. Its production process is quite different as it involves the use of chemicals that alter the cell structure of the cotton fibres. The surface area of the cell walls is increased, thus creating a softer feel and giving the cotton greater reflectance resulting in a shiny look. Another advantage is that different dyes are more easily applied to mercerized cotton, making it suitable for products with rich colour variations. To further improve the appearance of mercerized cotton, the fabric is sometimes passed over an open flame in order to remove stray fibres.

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