Fabric softness is one of the most frequently used terms in describing clothing comfort performance by consumers. Fabric softness has multiple meanings that can be related to compression and/or to smoothness and flexibility of fabrics, depending on the fabrics being handled and end uses. The softness is opposite to stiffness that can be measured by bending length.
Reasons why fabrics are blended
- The important reason for blending fibers is to produce better performance. By blending we can improve the characteristics that are poor in one fiber, by blending it with another type of fabrics that excel in those characteristics For example polyester when blended with cotton, the resultant fabric has moderate absorbancy which is almost nil in polyester.
- To improve the texture: Hand or feel and appearance of fabrics blending of wool fibers with polyester produce the desired texture for suiting materials. Viscose, when blended with cotton, improves it’s luster and softness and thereby enhances it’s appearance.
- To reduce the cost: This is sometimes one of the important reasons for blending of The cost of a very expensive fabric can often be reduced by blending with another cheap fiber.For example, expensive wool is blended with cheaper polyester to reduce the cost.
- To produce cross-dyed effects: Fibres with unlike dye affinity are combined and dyed together so that it produces interesting cross dyes effects as one fiber take up the color and the other retains its original color.
- To improve the spinning, weaving and finishing efficiency for example the spinning efficiency of polyester is improved by blending with cotton to produce spun yarns.