Cotton, canvas, and
even banana leaves have all been used as based materials for baby blankets throughout
the world. There have been many materials used for baby blankets since the dawn
of civilization but we will cover the most popular fabrics and methods used
today for baby blankets.
Modern Styles of Fabric:
Chenille means caterpillar
in French. The Chenille
is a style of yarn that can be transformed into different fibers: cotton, rayon,
acrylic, wool or silk. Chenille is not a spun yarn. Chenille
is made of fine yarns that are woven together and then cut apart through a certain
technique that produces the Chenille
structure. Popular materials for Chenille
are cotton and wool.
Cashmere is a fiber derived
from the Cashmere (Kashmir) goat. Cashmere
is by far the most popular baby blanket fabric for the affluent. Cashmere
provides unparalleled softness and comfort to both mom and baby. Furthermore,
Cashmere provides lightweight
insulation without the heavy bulk of other fabric. The high moisture content
within cashmere also allows insulation to change with the humidity of the air,
which keeps the body at a more constant temperature. If you want the best for
your baby there is nothing in worldwide production that compares with Cashmere.
Although Cashmere is
a very fine material it can be made into a variety of patterns.
Fleece traditionally has
referred to a type of weaving of wool. Fleece is a terminology used today for
a modern style of refined polyester. Fleece
is very soft, versatile, and moms love them because they are resistant to water.
You can find good quality
fleece blankets for under $30.
Double Knit blankets are
the softest material made from cotton today and is perfect for babies. Moms
love Double Knit blankets
because they are also durable and machine washable. Double
Knit fabric requires a higher stitch count then regular knit fabric.
Flannel is a cloth
made from wool, wool and cotton, or wool and synthetic fabric. Flannel is a
warm fabric yet soft enough that moms would use for their babies. Therefore,
Flannel is a popular choice for babies during the winter time or in colder year
round environments. The term "Flannel" is often referred to the clothing
made from the fabric.
Faux Fur is a trendy
new method of cotton lining that will not shed compared to traditional cotton.
Do not be alarmed by the name, Faux
Fur is 100% cotton by reputable baby retailers.
Traditional Natural Fabrics:
Cotton is one
of the most popular natural textiles in the world and is commonly used for both
boys and girls
materials. Cotton has
been used in the world for thousands of years. Cotton
is a naturally soft fiber that grows around the seed of the cotton plant, which
is grown in the Southern U.S., other subtropical and tropical areas in the world.
Cotton is a popular material for baby blankets around the world. As discussed
above, different new methods of weaving cotton has led to popular creations
such as faux fur which
are 100% cotton.
Wool have been used as far back as 3,000 B.C. and is made from the hairs of
sheep. Although other animal hair are used for baby blankets, wool is by far
the most popular. There breadth and diversity of wool is very apparent as there
are over 40 breeds of sheep worldwide that produces approximately 200 types
of wool. Wool is very flexible and can be used to produce other items such as
fleece. The largest producers are Australia, New Zealand, the United States,
China, Argentina and South Africa. Wool is very popular today for baby blankets,
especially in the Northeast and the Central U.S. states.
Made from the fine threads produced by Silk moth larvae, silk was believed to
be have discovered by a Chinese Princess. Silk is considered to have the smoothest
texture and feel for baby blankets. Silk also is the most reflective of the
different fabrics. The top two producers of silk today are China and Japan.
Silk is extremely light weight and one of the best materials at retaining body
termperature. Because of these qualities silk is a highly prized fabric in Asia
for baby blankets. Up until recently only the most affluent class can afford
such a fine baby blanket.
Flax is considered the oldest known textile used for blankets and clothing
garments. Made out of natural fiber, Flax has been used since 5,000 B.C. It
has been found in the tombs of Egyptian pharaohs. The major producers today
are Russia, German, Belgium, France, Poland, and other Eastern European countries.
By Dan Hua