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Spinning makes the world go round

Saint Basics Saint Basics 25 Mar 2017 Spinning makes the world go round
In January 2024 Shop Like You Give a Damn acquired Saint Basics. This is why all the editorial content that founders Peter and Anita created with so much dedication, is now featured amongst our blogs.

At the spinning mill, cotton bales from the fields are prepared for further production. First, the cotton is combed by a machine to remove dirt from the fields and align all the fibres in the same direction. This method obtains the best and longest fibres, and this is the only quality we use.

The output is a thick, consistent 'sliver' of fibres which is fed to spinning machines.

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"Because the fibres are so long, they have a great anti-pilling quality."

The spinning machine separates the fibres from the sliver and twists them tightly together. This is how our organic cotton is spun into yarns. Because the fibres are so long, they won't normally come loose from the yarn. This quality is called anti-pilling, meaning you won't see small balls of fibre appearing on your clothes - even after many washes.

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For our eucalyptus fabric, the spinning process is roughly the same. The eucalyptus fibres, which are obtained in earlier in our process, are also carded into a sliver and then spun into yarns.

The smoothness of the eucalyptus fibre also makes for a great anti-pilling quality. The sturdiness, colour fastness and anti-pilling qualities of the yarns are tested vigorously in the factory.

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After the spinning process, the full bobbins of spun yarn are sent off to the knitting mill where the fabric for our basics is made.