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Friday, 6 August 2010

Fabric of The Week - Soya

Soybeans have been a crucial crop in Asia since history began, being a vital source of protein. It is now well know in the West in the form of tofu, miso, soy sauce...
 Using soy as a textile was initially conceived by Henry Ford in the 1940’s as an alternative to synthetic fibres such as Rayon and Nylon. It is only recently that the relative ecological benefits of soya textile have returned it to the fore.

Soya fibre is made from the hulls of the soya bean, this otherwise discarded by-product of the soya food industry is given new life as an eco-friendly textile.

The production process is natural and free of any petrochemicals, making it an environmentally friendly product. Soy is a completely renewable resource and is biodegradable.


Soya fibre dyes very well in a whole spectrum of colours, which isn’t the case with comparable fabrics such as silk. It is also sunlight resistant so will not fade if cared for properly. Conveniently soya fibre has outstanding anti crease, easy wash and fast drying properties.

The wonderful properties of Soya give both exceptional softness and the lustre of silk – perfect for chic ethical fashion. Knitted soya bean fibre has a very soft warm quality which is often compared to the feel of cashmere; it is even referred to as ‘vegetable cashmere’.

This soya jersey Beatrice Dress by Nancy Dee drapes beautifully.

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