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mercerization

[‚mər·sə·ri′zā·shən]
(textiles)
A technique used to increase luster, dye absorptivity, and strength in cotton and linen goods; the cloth is put into a heated solution of caustic soda at a controlled temperature, then washed, neutralized, and rinsed.
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New this season were six designs from the Calypso collection of mercerized cotton tufted rugs, retailing at $900 for a 6-by-9, as well as machine-made polypropylene styles from the Fusion collection with a $299 retail price point in the same size.
That's why Spartan is planning on adding sheen to its cotton hooked rugs, possibly with the use of mercerized cotton to accent the motifs, and ultimately to create more interest in the category.
The company is also introducing a collection it calls "precious fibers," which includes such luxuries as tapestries and damasks made of dyed linen yarns and a 100 percent silk fiber on a mercerized cotton warp.
Washed fabrics from matelasse to chenille, as well as smooth finishes such as mercerized cotton, are also growing in popularity as the trend in textiles makes a long-anticipated return to elegance.
New are Provence, a new mercerized cotton strie with a filling ornit that creates a textural, dimensional and luxurious velvet effect, according to the company (and comes in 25 colors); and Franz and Olga, coordinating fabrics that feature a neutral palette and are printed on a softly panned W-weave velvet.
For example, the array of home styles inspired by Dutch designer Gunnar Frank will be on display, including original creations that meld the spare Japanese style with the new femininity growing in Latin America, or the African influences of elaborate prints rendered in rural cotton alongside the affluent contemporary looks of mercerized cotton for the U.
Apples, oranges, pears and lemons are repeated in a quadrant design using warm tones of mercerized cotton.
Wearbest Sil-Tex Mills: For Decosit, the firm will open up its entire line that includes space-dyed mercerized cotton looks, cotton tapestry warps and a cotton/wool blended, washed, felted grouping that will be priced from $9.
Similarly where most craftsmen of even very fine shirts concentrate mainly on the packaged appearance and their bottom line, the company uses only the highest count double mercerized cottons produced by Europe's few leading knitters.