Source: Textile Review
Bed covers are quite important commodities in our daily lives. After completion of heavy routine work we will go to bed by relaxing our pain. Much of our next day mood depends on how we are comfortably treated by these bed covers? Are they sufficiently soft? Are they unnecessary harsh? A lot depends on qualities of bed covers. The recent fashion changed life style; purchasing power and maintenance have let to complexity and varied requirements of bed covers.
They can be broadly classified into four groups. Aesthetic, Constructional, Recyclable, Functional
To meet the above requirements the properties of the bed cover fabrics should be as follows:
a) Excellent dyeability to any tone / shade
b) Good design in line with fashion of the day
c) Easy to handle
d) Softness, bulkiness, etc
e) Dimensional Stability
f) Easy care
The above factors are kept in mind; an attempt has been made to develop a 100% acrylic bed cover. Presently acrylic yarns are gaining importance in home textile applications due to their excellent physical and chemical properties. The acrylic fabric are compared with 100% cotton bed cover for various properties like crease recovery, bending length, water vapour transfer and water retention. From the test results, it has been found that acrylic bed covers are superior than cotton bed covers with respect to its durability, absorption, drying and dimensional stability properties.
The author is associated with Department of Fashion Technology, PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore, India
Originally published in Textile Review: September 2009- Vol 4 Issue 9