chloe. yarn. May 31st , 2018.
Yarn is selected for different textiles based on the characteristics of the yarn fibres such as warmth (wool) light weight (cotton or rayon) durability (nylon is added to sock yarn for example) or softness (cashmere alpaca).
Protein yarns (i.e. hair silk feathers) may also be irritating to some people causing contact dermatitis hives wheezing or other reactions. Plant fibers tend to be better tolerated by people with sensitivities to the protein yarns and allergists may suggest using them or synthetics instead to prevent symptoms. Some people find that they can tolerate organically grown and processed versions of protein fibers possibly because organic processing standards preclude the use of chemicals that may irritate the skin.
Both synthetic and natural yarns can pill. Pilling is a function of fiber content spinning method twist contiguous staple length and fabric construction. Single ply yarns or using fibers like merino wool are known to pill more due to the fact that in the former the single ply is not tight enough to securely retain all the fibers under abrasion and the merino wools short staple length allows the ends of the fibers to pop out of the twist more easily.
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