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Socks materials

Acrylic Fiber - Most widely used family of man-made fibers for socks. The fiber is generally warm and lightweight. Acrylic keeps its shape and properties, including resilience, softness, easy care, low-shrinkage, rich colorations and wicking. Examples are Duraspun® and Crestarn® .

Bamboo Yarn
 - Is a relatively new entry in the textile world, but it has become quite popular, and with good reasons. Bamboo is a pure natural raw material tnat wears well and is a natural antibacterial product.

Combed Cotton - The highest grade of cotton. It has been processed through a “comber” which removes short fibers and trash components to achieve higher uniformity and tenacity.

Polyester Cotton-  A fiber made from  both the natural cotton and the synthetic polyester. While both fibers have pros and cons, a blend is often used in garments to give the consumer the benefits of both .

Cotton - Soft vegetable fiber widely used in socks. Cotton yarns are available in a wide variety of types and qualities. Long staple combed cotton is generally considered to provide the finest quality yarn for socks.

Cotton Lycra - Yarn application where cotton fiber is wrapped around a core of Lycra .

High Bulk Yarn - Quantative term to describe a highly-textured yarn. A bulked yarn develops more bulk than stretch in finished fabric.

Lambswool - The first clip taken from a sheep that is up to seven months old. Lambswool has a soft, slippery hand.

Mercerized Cotton - A process giving cotton yarn luster and dye receptivity with caustic soda under tension.

Microfiber - Is a fiber with strands less than one denier. Microfiber is a blend of polyester and polyamide.

Nylon - A man-made polyamide fiber derived from coal, water and air, introduced in 1938, nylon is the first and oldest of the true synthetics. Famous for its strength, resistence, dimentional stability, soft hand, elasticity, easy-washing qualities and quick-drying characteristics.

Spandex - A man-made, strong, durable and stretchable fiber. Developed by DuPont in 1959, Spandex can stretch up to more than 5 times its relaxed strength and fully recover. Widely used in sock tops for its stretch/recovery properties and “stay up” holding power.

Wool - The soft, curly hair of a sheep which is spun into yarn.  Wool is warm, sturdy and durable. It has crisp, resilient hand and has excellent insulating properties.