Fiber Quality: The highest quality cotton is long staple cotton. Staple refers to the length of the cotton fiber; the longer the fiber the better because it creates stronger and finer yarns.
Yarn Size: The fineness of each yarn is what the term yarn size refers to; the higher the yarn size, the finer the yarn. Finer yarns allow for lighter, more supple fabric and more yarn can be woven into a square inch.
Finishing: The finishing process is vital in avoiding piling and increasing strength, luster, touch and appearance.
Thread count is simply the number of threads per square inch of fabric. These consist of vertical threads (warp) and horizontal threads (weft) woven together. Construction refers to how the thread count is achieved. The best fabric would be made with single ply yarns and have a single pick; but the highest thread count you can get with this type of construction is about 400. Above that, 2 ply yarns and/or multi picks must be used thus resulting in exaggerated thread count.
Don’t fall into the thread count trap… the truth is that fabrics with higher thread counts are meaningless and do not reflect quality in any way.
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