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TWO NEW SILK FABRICS

arriving soon | June 2019

One of the fabrics is a 3.5momme Crepe Silk Georgette to supplement our Tissue Silk fabric line. This new fabric has an incredible springy crepe texture! It's handle will have a slight stretch due to it's crepe yarn structure. The fabric was offered to us on a clearance sale from the supplier and therefore will be a 'limited edition'.

Our other new fabric is great addition to our Silk Chiffon line. It was also sold to us as a ‘Limited Edition, clearance priced’ 4.3 momme extra wide, Silk Chiffon (140cm wide, 55inches). This fabric is fine and translucent enough to see through and is an excellent choice for fine nuno felting. When you purchase 140cm wide fabric, the cost is slightly higher, but remember you will receive 23% more fabric!

For the first quarter of this year the state of the Chinese Silk Industry is still in flux. Prices have not yet come down as expected from and from their all time high of last year, partially due to the postponement of a resolution to the trade agreement between China and the USA.

We are still optimistic that later this year prices will lower and we can restock our 4.5 momme Tissue Silk (Silk Georgette). In the meantime, we managed to secure two fabulous NEW fabrics at an incredible price, given the state of the market. They are currently 'on the boat' and are expected to arrive in June.

20% SALE | WIDE CHIFFON

Yikes! Our racks are bulging and we need to make room for our NEW fabric shipment arriving in June... We are having a 20% Sale off our Base Tones, 6.5momme, extra wide (140cm, 55inch) Silk Chiffon fabric.

Our 'Base Tones' offer a more subtle tonal colourway, designed to coordinate with a variety of our Colour Harmonies. You can choose to add your own ‘highlight’ colour and create your own personalized Colour Harmony.

Silk Chiffon possesses a slightly more lustrous weave than our Tissue Silk (Silk Georgette) but is not as shiny as our Paj (Habotai) silk fabric. It also features an elegant drape and handle. The 6.5momme felts well, but is also good for sewing garments. Click here to view colours.

20% Sale | BOMBYX SILK SOLIDS

We need to clear the cupboards! We are itching to introduce some new colours, but not until these stocks are gone... 20% Sale available till stocks run out. Colours from left to right: Lilly Pilly, Just Blue, Peri Peri, Emerald. Click here to order.

ALSO ARRIVING IN JUNE

New stocks of Silk Throwsters Waste and Bombxy Silk Tops. It will take us a few weeks of dyeing to replenish all of our colours, but soon will we be fully stocked again!

what is the difference between

PAJ vs HABOTAI SILK FABRIC

Did you know the only difference between Paj and Habotai is the weight or 'momme' of the fabric. These fabrics do not have different weave structures, just different weights.

In case you don't know a 'momme' (pronounced moe-mie)
is the Japanese form of weight measurement of a piece of material that is 45 inches by 100 yards (expressed in pounds). So, if a fabric is listed with a momme weight of 8mm, it means that 100 yards of the fabric weighs 8 pounds.

For those who use metric, one momme = 4.340 grams per square meter. Therefore an 8 momme fabric is approximately 35 grams per square metre.

Fabrics that are light weight (up to 6 momme) are referred to as 'Paj' silk and fabrics that are 6 momme or heavier are referred to as Habotai silk fabric. Mystery solved!

FIBRE FACTS | WOOL

WHY DOES WOOL KEEP YOU WARM? One reason is that when wool absorbs water, heat is liberated (Haly and Smith, 1973). When you go from a dry indoor climate to a cold damp outdoors environment - heat is generated from your wool garment. Technically speaking, it has been calculated that when a 1kg wool garment at 20 degress C and 25% relative humidity is moved into an environment at 10 degres C and 95% relative humidity 40 kJ of heat is released (Leeder, 1984). Heat is generated progressively as the wool absorbs moisture from the environment thereby keeping a person wearing wool warmer (Barnes and Holcombe, 1996). This property gives wool an important advantage over other textile fibres.

WHY IS WOOL EXCELLENT AT ABSORBING PERSPIRATION DURING PHYSICAL ACTIVITY? Wool is a hygroscopic (water loving) material (Leeder and Rippon, 1985), meaning it loves to absobs or desorbs large amounts of water with changes in the surrounding relative humidity. Did you know that wool has a similar moisture sorption ability as human skin (at a given relative humidity). It can soak up to 33% of its mass without feeling wet, which is considerably higher than that of other textile fibres (Morton and Hearle, 1993) . This property enables wool garments to act as an excellent moisture buffer during physical activity, by sorbing perspiration and transporting it away from the skin it keeps the wearer feeling more comfortable (Barnes and Holcombe, 1996).

AUSTRALIAN WOOL DROUGHT

Australia's wool clip is forecast to be down to the lowest level in almost 100 years, mainly due to the drought.
The Australian Wool Production Forecasting Committee has forecast the clip to be down by 12.7 per cent on last year — a drop of 43 million kilograms, and the lowest yield since 1924 when the Australian wool industry was much smaller.

As drought grips many of Australia's wool growing regions, farmers are destocking to reduce how much they have to spend feeding their animals.

Committee chair Russell Pattinson said, while there were fewer sheep to shear, the industry was also receiving less wool per sheep. From the growers' perspective the price of wool is fantastic, the price of sheep for meat is fantastic, and hence the desire by many growers to keep their flock or nucleus of their flock together," he said. "Once the drought breaks we'll see people getting back into sheep and rebuilding their flocks purely for economic reasons." fromABC Rural, by Lucah Forbes and Tyne Logan, 29 April, 2019.

What does this mean for Treetops wool supplies? In the immediate future we are fine. Last year we had the good fortune to be able to purchase a larger than normal quantity of gorgeous 18.1 micron wool from New Zealand, due to the shortage of Australian wool. We are hoping to wait out the drought for another season in hopes that the Australian wool clip comes back and prices stabilize. We can only hope...

OLD CLOTHES RECYCLED INTO BUILDING MATERIALS

Researchers at University of New South Wales (Sydney, Australia) Centre for Sustainable Materials Research and Technology (SMaRT) have come up with a way to convert old clothes and mattresses into high-end building materials. Textiles have been repurposed into composite flat panels for construction and insulating (thermal and acoustic) purposes. Using various mixes such as synthetic fabrics (polyesters) as binders and natural fabric (wool and cotton) as fillers, test construction panels have been successfully produced entirely from waste.

"Australians are the world's second largest consumers of textiles, buying on average 27 kilograms of new clothing and other textiles each year – and about 23kgs of this ends up in landfill. This is just below North America's consumption levels, and twice the global average of 13 kilograms of textiles per person per year. About two-thirds of the clothes and textiles bought are made of synthetic fibres derived from petroleum, so are not bio-degradable. The SMaRT Centre is finding innovative uses for fabrics in ‘made from waste’ building materials." UNSW SMaRT (smart.unsw.edu.au), Renew.org.au
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