I’ve been trying to get to this post for days… I just received a phone call from a good friend of the business (thank you Sue!) reminding me that I had mentioned in the mailer that this information would be posted. We are currently offering a blend of cotton and seaweed in our Summer mailer. This exquisitely soft and finely woven fabric feels almost like a sea island cotton shirting except that it has give on the cross-weave. The fabric is promoted as green fabric with characteristics that enhance the health of the wearer. So could this be legit?? Rather than play the scientist (which I am not) I will quote directly from the manufacturer. So here goes… this is what we have heard about Sea-cell:
The idea behind SeaCell is really rather simple: a cellulose-based fiber is manufactured using the so-called Lyocell process. This Lyocell fiber then serves as the "functioning substrate" for the seaweed. The fact that this marine plant is rich in trace elements has been well known since the times of Chinese medicine and seweed has also been proved to protect the skin and have anti-inflammatory properties. It is seaweed which forms the basis of the SeaCell fiber. Furthermore, the structure of SeaCell facilitates the active exchange of substances between the fiber and the skin–nutrients such as calcium, magnesium, amino acids and vitamins are released by the natural body moisture when the fiber is worn.
So basically this fabrication can promote healthy events such as moisturizing and neo-genesis of the skin, speeding up metabolism and strengthening immunity through vitamins A, C & E. These claims are impressive, and we love the fabric, but that’s a lot of pluses for one blouse made of 25% Seacell. All the same, what if it does help promote healthy exchange of particles between skin and fabric? Why not use it and at the same time have a beautifully soft woven fabric for blouses, shirts or nighties? Colleen is considering a pillowcase!
Let us know what you think or if you have any anecdotal evidence of this new fiber. Knitters have been using SeaCell longer than sewers. I’d love to hear some commentary.