Tuesday 26 February 2008

Super what-now???

Super 90's, super 100's, super 120's, super 140's, super 150's and even super 250's!!!
We in the tailoring profession, use these phrases everyday when selling suits to our potential customers. But how many people know what these phrases actually mean? Only recently, a customer asked me to perform an alteration on a suit which he had purchased as a super 140's wool, the customer in question was proud of his expensive suit and took great pleasure in explaining the wonders of a super 140's wool suit. However on closer inspection it became obvious that the wool had indeed been pulled over this gentleman's eyes, the suit was in fact a poly/wool and only natural fibres can be categorized as a super fabric.
So I here I have posted some information about what makes a wool: Super! If you ever find yourself in a situation where the smooth sales guy is explaining the delights of a super wool, ask him what the average Micron Fineness is in Super140's. I think he may just be speechless!
You will find hereafter the fabric standards set by the International Wool Textile Organisation (IWTO). The IWTO is the international body representing the interest of the worlds wool-textile trade and industry. More information on www.iwto.org
Super 80's 19.5
Super 90's 19.0
Super 100's 18.5
Super 110's 18.0
Super 120's 17.5
Super 130's 17.0
Super 140's 16.5
Super 150's 16.0
The micron assessment is taken from an average of the warp and weft yarns in a woven fabric.
The word "SUPER" is restricted to use on pure wool fabrics, including those made from wool blended with fine animal hairs and silk.

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