NATURAL VS SYNTHETIC
Natural fabrics are made from fibres that originate from plants, animals, or minerals. These raw, natural materials are spun into threads and yarns and then woven or knit into natural fabrics. There are two general categories of natural fibres: animal-based or plant-based. Animal-based natural fibres include silk and wool, while plant-based natural fibres include cotton and linen. Synthetic fibres are made of synthetic materials, usually formed through chemical processes. The textile industry began creating synthetic fibres as less expensive and more easily mass-produced alternatives to natural fibres.
As a brand we have always appreciated the feel and drape of natural fibres and in the early years of the Juliette Hogan brand this is predominantly what we used. However we now embrace the use of some man-made fibres for a number of reasons. The technology around fabric development is an exciting and evolving space and there is now a keen focus on sustainability in the production of both natural and synthetic fabrics and we are looking closely at the circularity of our fabrics choices. As an industry we are excited by the continued evolution to a more transparent sharing of knowledge (both from our suppliers, and to our consumers), and this combined with the ongoing improvement in technology and fabric productions, we are pleased to be able to make more consciously sustainable choices with our fabrics now more than ever before.