Choosing our bedding says a lot about us. There are different materials which are used for the production of linen. Bass satin is trendy nowadays used. Everyone has heard of satin, but many people have little knowledge of this fabric. This material was first invented in China. Its name comes from the ancient Arabic name of Quanzhou port. It was an accessible commercial port. Satin is made of cotton fibres, which are twisted and interwoven with a unique double weave. Natural and synthetic threads can be used for production. The twist is used to give the fabric more shine. The stronger the thread, the more silk-like the material is. At the same time, the structure remains quite thin and thick.
Satin is divided into different types: bleached satin (white), coloured, printed (has an intricate pattern).
Satin bedding is mostly made of mako-satin. Unique weaving is also used during production: 50 strands longitudinally and 31 strands per square centimetre. Thanks to this method of weaving, they are very breathable and smooth, like wool, bed cloths.
The jacquard material is another type. It is characterized by the presence of a woven pattern or pattern. This fabric was made on select typewriters, first invented in France by renowned weaver J. M. Jacquard.
There is an unwritten rule that people often confuse satin with silk. Silk may be satin, but satin may not be silk. The main difference between satin and natural silk is the use of cotton fibres as a base, as well as the weaving technique. Satin is the result of weaving threads into an atlas link. With this type of weaving, there is a relatively small number of embroidery points, that is, relatively large pieces of fabric without interlacing, giving smooth and glossy surfaces. The density of this material significantly increases the abrasion resistance.
High-quality long fibre cotton is used to produce satin. The material has a unique lustre that appears because the production uses a twisted thread. A mercerization process is necessary to improve the characteristics of strength, stability and depth of staining. This process is the treatment of the tissue with sodium hydroxide, after which it is washed. The cell wall of the fibres swells, leading to an increase in the total surface area and a glowing appearance. This technique reduces mould exposure. Cheap low-quality satin is easily calendered. You will notice that the glow on this material disappears very quickly. Calendering is a process that is performed on individual machines – calendars. When it comes to reducing the appearance of stuck wrinkles and shrinkage, to help the material retain its shape and to retain colour dyes for as long as possible, the fabric is treated with unique chemical compounds that are harmless to health but make the structure a little rougher. After several washes, the chemicals are washed away, and the material becomes softer.
There are types of satin compare to those described above. Sewing technologists continue to experiment, creating new enhanced versions:
Ordinary satin is the most popular type of fabric that is made of 100% cotton and has an average smoothness, softness and gloss.
Stuffed satin is a type of thick fabric and belongs to the standard material group used for sewing linen.
Printed satin is 100% cotton fabric has the same weave density as printed satin. This fabric is called a “coupon”. Printing in different dimensions, but also the cost of the drawing requires additional charges.
Jacquard satin belongs to the elite group, and it contains only 100% cotton. Canvas drawing is obtained in the process of weaving. Individual jacquard machines are used for this purpose.
Stripe satin is a variation of satin jacquard. The drawing on it is in the form of stripes—painted canvas, mostly in pastel colours.
Mako satin is used for the production of Egyptian type of cotton. It has a silky and pleasant matte finish. The fabric is breathable and unusually smooth. When processing cotton, it is carefully combed, which causes the fibres to become parallel. The material does not float, and the duvet pads and blankets are not deformed, retaining their shape for a long time.
Double satin is a combination of viscous silk base and staple, and it has a traditional sheen to the front of the fabric. It is produced in monochrome or print, used as a coat lining.
Crepe satin is a type of material used for sewing theatre curtains, tablecloths, napkins, light casual and formal dresses and blouses.
Pros of satin sheets:
- It retains its shape perfectly
- It does not require ironing
- It has low thermal conductivity, warms in winter and creates a cool feeling in summer
- Material is not easily consumed during washing
- It looks close to silk in appearance, but it has a very affordable price
- Softness and velvety
- Eco-friendly – meets all hygiene requirements
- Safe material for people suffering from allergic reactions, there are no contraindications for any person
Cons of satin sheets:
- Use is recommended during the winter months because the material quickly causes skin irritation during those months where the temperatures are higher because some people sweat more than others
- Air circulates very little
- Material “slides” so sleeping on it is better in pyjamas made of cotton fabric
It would help if you read the description of its composition and care instructions carefully before washing the satin products for the first time. You should turn the linen upside down before washing. It washes well at 40 degrees, though 30 degrees is recommended for the first wash. It is not recommended to use bleach to evade damaging the fabric. Try to avoid filing the whole washing machine with other material, because this type of fabric is heavy itself.
Choose the type of satin, colour and pattern that suits your needs and taste. During the summer months, replace this bedding with cotton linen, and during the other months of the year, you can use satin. In the end, when summarized, this type of material has many more advantages than disadvantages. Layout your bedding and enjoy the magic of satin every night.