Saturday, 24 October 2020

Turkish Fabrics Worth Buying

Current situation: drinking my tea, wishing I was still in Turkey and taking a bit of a break from studying. Seems like quite a normal Saturday to me.
It has been a week since I have been back to England and I am quite happy to get back to my routine. It is my last year in university and I want to make the most out of it. No time to waste! 
The outfit on this picture is the following:
 ▪️stolen jacket from my mom
▪️ pre-loved Puma sneakers 
▪️handy gym bag which we bought for my sister from a local shop but I ended up carrying it around with me because Turkish people just love to give you plastic bags for every single thing :| 

    Selimiye Mosque, Edirne / personal archive

Turkey is probably one of my most favourite countries of all time. I love everything from their food, the language, the music and last but not least all of the beautiful fabrics that you can buy! I will be doing a series of posts about their apparel industry because it is one of the oldest and the biggest in the world. This week, we will be discussing what fabric is worth buying when you go to Turkey.

      Cotton fields in Adana, Turkey / Pinterest

/or also known as Turkish Cotton/

Turkish cotton, really? What this does this even mean? 
I know that if you are hearing about this concept for the first time it's quite vague and it can sound very confusing. Basically, depending on which country it has been manufactured there can be quite a difference between the fabric consistency. For example, it is being said that the Egyptian cotton is more absorbent in comparison to the Turkish one, but it dries way slower. Even in Turkey itself, between the different regions in the country you have various techniques of cotton cultivation. The weather conditions and the location could affect the final fiber properties drastically. 
            Loading soon: puff-sleeved shirt..

Pure Turkish cotton depending on the consistency can be great for shirts and more luxurious blouses. I bought one unit of very good cotton produced from Ipeker. It is considered to be one of the leading manufacturers in the country. All of their products are Oeko-Tex certified, but on the other hand they are producing more than fourteen collections of fabric yearly, backed by monthly batches, too. Which in a way, unfortunately, is supporting the supply chain of fast-fashion brands. 
The next fabric option under our spotlight is not so vegan friendly, but it has always been a timeless classic. Depending on the production and the usage of the garment it can last few generations and will still look amazing. Drum roll please...
we are talking about the all-time favourite: 

SILK! or if Google translate was right it should be 'ipek' in Turkish. 
Silk for me screams luxury. It is a very firm fabric with little stretchability. The main producer, historically speaking has always been China. In Turkey they use the silk threads for rug manufacturing but there is quality manufacturing facilities for the apparel industry, too. Silk is being made from silkworms, even now in modern times not a lot has changed in the production process. 
It is a great option for eveningwear,  suits and you can even see it as pillow cases! 

That's from me for now. In the next blog post we will be focusing more on the historical side of things. 
Lots of love,


Thursday, 8 October 2020

Sustainable Fabrics: Lyocell

Today's blog post will focus on one of the most sustainable options which you can find on the market for fabrics. We will be talking about Lyocell. 
Lyocell, might sound like a brand name to you but actually it is a specific form of textile, for example, linen or cotton. Usually, each producer has their own version and name of this material but all of them have something in common. The main thing is that they are made from pulp and are biodegradable. We will be talking more about the production later. A way that you can tell if the fabric is lyocell is by looking at the name. If it ends on '-cel' then it should produced in the same way as lyocell . For example, one of the firms which produces this type of fabric is the company Lenzing, a well established Australian leader in the industry of cloths. Their version of this product is called Tencel ®️. 
When you touch lyocell, it is very soft and there is definitely a luxurious feel to it. It can be compared to rayon which is a viscose fiber, too.  But it is not as environmentally friendly due to the way it is being produced. The chemicals of rayon cause a lot of harm both to the workers and the environment. The big difference between them is the production process.
Interestingly, the main part of the production of lyocell, is wood. It is labelled as a pulp fabric that is made from cellulose (which is involved in the process of paper making, as well). The plant that is used predominantly for this fabric is  eucalyptus. The great thing about this plant is that it grows back very quickly after it has been cut. However, the controversy with this fabric is that in some of the countries which it has been produced, there is an extensive use of fossil fuels in the harvesting process. So in order for it to be truly sustainable, the sourse which we are buying from needs scrutiny.
The material is great for active wear and lounge wear too. It is very breathable and it is quite absorbent for both smells and sweat. In comparison to cotton, it feels way more easy on the skin and is very light. Plus, because of its properties, you don't need to wash it as often. A simple black t-shirt like this one can be used both for the gym and more classic outfits. Thie is a win-win- for your wardrobe and for the environment.
This outfit is very simple but I love how the gold in the bag, is the element standing out. Usually, it is not my style to wear only black but recently I started to like more minimalistic outfits like this one. It is very easy to style and you don't need a lot to put a good look together. 
The other part of the outfit is this black bag with gold. The great thing with it is that you can never go wrong with a classic vintage Yves Saint Laurent model. I found it about a year ago in a tiny thrift shop. One of the exciting things about shopping second hand is that you never know what are you going to find. The braclet was given to me by one of my friends as she didn't want it anymore. So, me being the girl who always tries to save everything from the dumpster, I decided to 'adopt' it. And it has ended up being one of my favourite accessories from my jewellery collection.
The other items from this outfit are:
▪️Jeans: Espada, thrifted 
▪️Sneakers: Juicy Couture, a present from my mom, gifted about three years ago.

This is all from me today. 
Lots of kisses,
Kristina xx

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