When we talk of the production of printed fabrics, it is necessary to make a point before analysing the stages through which a design is imprinted on the textile. It is necessary to take account of the performance of the various raw materials. The characteristics of the production of printed fabrics, such as silk, wool or cashmere, are linked to the sphere of the senses which distinguishes them in terms of quality, innovation and an endless search for perfection. What attracts us to this type of printed fabrics for clothing is their performance, the way in which they react on contact with the skin and, not least, the exclusivity which characterises their use.
FOCUS ON PRINTED FABRICS: SILK, WOOL AND CASHMERE
Thanks to the quality of the raw material, whether it is silk, wool or cashmere, printed fabrics for clothing, as well as printed fabrics for furnishings, have always been synonymous with wealth, but not only that. They are a symbol of refinement, elegance and, above all, quality. Who has never been fascinated by the exotic beauty of silk or has never been attracted by a warm and soft cashmere overcoat? For the most part, high-quality textiles for clothes have been used by the main fashion houses right from the birth of the textile sector.
The raw materials which stand out most are silk and wool, especially cashmere.
RAW MATERIAL AND PRINTED FABRICS
As we know and as part of public knowledge, silk is the high-quality fabric par excellence, the brightest, softest and lightest. The properties which make silk so sought after are its brightness, its ability to insulate despite its incredible lightness. In addition, silk absorbs dyes very easily, letting producers choose from among a rainbow of hues, making it one of the best printed fabrics. These characteristics make it unique and expand its uses to various sectors in addition to that of clothing.
Wool is naturally present as a yarn with ivory, brown, white or dark grey tones which can be mixed together with other natural fibres, such as silk or cotton, to then be dyed or printed. In the latter case, the printed wool fabric is rarely found in men’s collections, while it is common in the rich sector of womenswear.
One of the highest-quality and best-known varieties of wool is cashmere. Besides the classic characteristics of wool, cashmere has something more to offer. The wool from goat fleece is particularly light and makes it possible to create finer and softer garments compared to classic wool, without taking anything away from the warmth, which is kept constant thanks to its composition, as well as to its insulating capacity which is up to ten times more effective than traditional wool.
Silk, wool and cashmere are just some of the excellent raw materials to create yarns and fabrics for clothing or for furnishings which have always marked out the textile production of Made in Italy.