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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.
Avon Check Sage Fabric
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.