1. Why Hei Fabric French Terry Cloth
  2. French Terry Composition
  3. French Terry Uses
  4. French Terry vs Terry Cloth
  5. French Terry vs Fleece
  6. French Terry and Oeko-Tex
  7. French Terry Aftercare and Laundry

Why Hei Fabric French Terry Cloth

From its conception in the 1980’s, French Terry fabric has risen in popularity by outcompeting in comfort and adaptability. Due to its unrivaled versatility and satisfying snugness, French Terry is now considered the undisputed choice of fabric for garments such as sweatpants and lounge-wear. Hei Fabric combines these qualities with our own stylistically classic, vintage, and contemporary flairs to bring you a chic low-maintenance fabric for a wide range of uses. We also rely on certified Oeko-Tek eco fabric sourcing for sustainability and to ensure the highest standards and well-being for the end wearer.

French Terry Composition

French Terry fabric is made with classic Terry cloth knit, which consists of interconnected knitted loops and soft yarn piles on the interior of the fabric. The knitted matrix creates a fabric with more pliability than woven cloth.
French Terry ranks midrange in extensibility, when comparing to say, a loose knit sweater or a tight knit towel. The resulting product of this method provides a smooth exterior surface that lends exceptionally well to printing, and conversely creates an interior surface that has a cosy feel as well as absorbent, moisture-wicking qualities and the added bonus of odour resistance.
A mid-weight fabric, French Terry sits between a typical t-shirt and sweatshirt density, creating adaptable garments with a wide range of material application for non wearable items as well.
Our French Terry fabric also contains 5% spandex, gifting the property of additional extensibility and lending it a more active quality in the realm of workout comfort wear.

French Terry Uses

Nowadays French Terry is most associated with comfy clothing items such as sweatpants, hoodies and lounge-wear. The thickness and warmth of French Terry makes it less suited to high intensity active wear and more to moderate activity, garments for the warm up and cool down period, lounging and relaxing around the house, or running errands. Despite it’s density, French Terry still measures in breathability, and can absorb 27x its natural weigh in moisture. This make the end garment quite multi-functional, transcending the seasons.

French Terry vs Terry Cloth

French Terry distinguishes itself from earlier iterations of Terry cloth , which had the token feature of identical fabric feel on both sides. And which lent more to items such as towels and baby clothing. Now the most common form of Terry cloth, French Terry has forgone the quality of maximum absorbency for the more appropriate balance of absorbency and textile adaptability as a wearable material. French Terry fabric combines these qualities with softness and smoothness that creates the ideal cosy and plush interior that we know and love of comfort wear.

French Terry vs Fleece

Both French Terry and Fleece (commonly: sweatshirt fleece) differ from woven fabric and have the interlocking single-knit technology in common. The density of the interlock affects the the stretch and softness. French Terry differentiates itself from Fleece in its weave density, with fleece being heavier, bulkier and often described as “fuzzy” feeling. Though fleece presents a more plush finish, this trades off with a lack of stretchability. French Terry covers the middle ground of warmth, extensibility, breathability and a smoother, more velvety finish on both interior and exterior surfaces. The higher density of Fleece also results in a lack of the same high absorptive qualities of French Terry, which keeps the wearer relatively drier and warmer in the presence of moisture.

French Terry and Oeko-Tex

Here at Hei Fabrics our French Terry fabric is Oeko-Tex standard 100 certified. This certification extends its scope beyond a classic organic certification to cover the fabric processing from the raw material processing to dyes and finishes. Oeko-Tex textiles and fabrics are certified to be free of harmful chemicals and to ensure safety for human use.

To learn more about Oeko-Tex versus Organic protocol and certification, click here

French Terry Aftercare and Laundry

Among its many praise worthy qualities, French Terry really seals the deal when it comes to maintenance. Like fleece, French Terry fabrics are incredibly low maintenance materials when it comes to cleaning. Special care precautions are not necessary, so never mind hand washing or dry-cleaning- a simple, cold machine wash will do.

French Terry is renowned for it’s stain and odour resistance, and the high cotton content of our French Terry fabric ensures this particularly appealing quality

Another mentionable quality of French Terry fabric is it’s superior wrinkle and crease resistance, meaning no ironing necessary. This is especially true of our cotton/spandex blend which will ensure the iron is never needed.

As with any material, expect an amount of colour loss after washing. To retain quality and colour, tumble dry on low for optimal results.

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