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,


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