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NancyM
Posted 2014-09-08 4:53 PM (#88575)
Subject: soy fabrics?


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Can anybody point me to a disinterested, objective (but not unintelligibly scientific) web source on the properties of fabrics made with soy fiber blends? Have any of you tried either wearing or sewing with such blends? My son & DIL are greatly into sustainability, but I have not been happy with the bamboo knits that I have tried (flimsy & wrinkled like mad). Does soy behave the same way as bamboo?

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Nancy
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Karen Maslowski
Posted 2014-09-08 9:48 PM (#88576 - in reply to #88575)
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I don't know anything about soy fabrics, but hemp is wonderful. It's very similar to rayon, cotton, and linen in its properties, but more sustainable.

Edited by Karen Maslowski 2014-09-08 9:49 PM
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NancyM
Posted 2014-09-08 11:21 PM (#88577 - in reply to #88576)
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Karen, have you found a particular kind of hemp fabric or hemp/whatever blend that is soft and not scratchy? The one hemp knit that I bought was a beautiful color (heathered green), and I loved its grainy, lineny appearance, but even my son found it too rough-textured to wear next the skin.

Nancy
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Karen Maslowski
Posted 2014-09-09 3:06 AM (#88578 - in reply to #88577)
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Hemp fabrics are still hard to find, but the ones I've seen have not been scratchy. I wonder if the one you found was a blend of some kind.

My daughter had a bamboo knit top that was deliciously soft, and have you tried modal? It's usually lovely stuff.
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Patti
Posted 2014-09-09 8:25 PM (#88580 - in reply to #88575)
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I just searched Google for 'soy fabric' and found some good info. Dharma trading has a soy/cotton blend fabric bty. Here's what good is saying:

Soy Fabric
Soy- good for you inside and out!

soy-bean-fabricWhat is Soy Fabric?
This eco friendly fabric is derived from food production waste as it is made from the hulls of soy beans. Sometimes called the “vegetable cashmere”, soy is soft, easy to care for and absorbs dyes quickly, requiring less dye-stuffs.

Advantages

Eco Print
The use of soy textiles are good for our planet, because it is made from fibres that are spun from the ‘leftovers’ of the soy food industry. Because the plant itself is easily renewable and the fibre biodegrades more quickly than oil-based products like polyester, its use has minimal environmental impact. This fabric is so biodegradable that you could throw it on your compost pile when it wears out.
Feel of Fabric
Soy clothing is light and silky soft, with just a bit of stretch, to gently caress your body with its natural drape. It is called the vegetable “cashmere” because of its luxurious and soft texture, but you’ll likely agree it’s far better than cashmere because it’s so easy to care for.
Moisture AbsorbentThis eco friendly fabric has excellent absorption qualities which allow perspiration to evaporate. This makes it cool and comfortable during hot weather.
Anti Bacterial
Do to its moisture management soy textiles are also anti bacterial.
UV Resistant
This eco fabric will also protect you from the sun with its UV resistant qualities.

Disadvantages

Not as strong as cotton or hemp
Caring for Soy Textiles

Soy is easy to care for. Machine wash in cold water on a gentle setting. You can skip the chlorine bleach, fabric softener (these fabrics are naturally soft) and the dryer. Lay flat to dry. Soy has a beautiful drape that does not need to be ironed. Use a low, no-steam setting if ironing is desired.
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Karen Maslowski
Posted 2014-09-09 10:57 PM (#88583 - in reply to #88580)
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Thank you, Patti. That's very useful information.

It sounds a lot like modal, in hand, care, and softness.
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