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Weaving Melange Fabrics Using Melange Yarns
We have been asked, “What makes your ginghams look so different from other brands – Ian Mankin’s look much more subtle”.
Here at Ian Mankin we love detail, above is a magnified photo of our Avon Check Sage where you can see all the different coloured fibres that go into making the green yarns.
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What are Melange Fabrics?
When it comes to making our ginghams we don’t just dye yarns and then weave them. We go back a step and dye the individual cotton fibres before spinning the yarn. This gives us the opportunity to dye the individual fibres into slightly different colours. This is called a “melange” (mixture in French) and gives the final fabric a much more delicate and softer colour.
Having the different colours within the yarn itself means that the result is not a pure colour and so will blend much more easily with other colours in a room scheme making a coordinated look more simple to achieve.
Just one of the many benefits we have of having complete control of the weaving process through our own Lancashire weaving mill.