The Eco- Friendly Milk Yarn
Milk Yarn is made from milk protein fibers. To make it, milk is first dewatered, i.e. all the water content is taken out from it and then it is skimmed. New bio-engineering technique is then applied to make a protein spinning fluid. This fluid is suitable for wet spinning process through which the final high-grade textile fiber is made. While spinning, a solvent is used by most of the manufacturers and micro-zinc ion is embedded in the fiber which gives it the characteristics of being bacteriostatic and durable. It combines the advantages of both, natural as well as synthetic fibers.
Milk protein fiber is a kind of fresh fiber that has very healthy functions. It contains eighteen amino-acids, that are beneficial to human health. It can be spun alone or with cashmere, silk, spun silk, cotton, wool, ramie and other fibers to make fabrics. The fabrics made of these fibers nourish and take care of skin in a very efficient manner by keeping away allergies and even wrinkles. The fabrics made from milk yarn are primarily used in manufacturing kidswear, top-grade underwear, shirts, T shirts, loungewear, etc.
Characteristics of Milk Yarn
The milk yarn has got many properties that are enough to make it one of the most sought after fabrics of the future.
- The natural protein humectant factor is present in the milk fiber, which makes skin more delicate and smooth. As such Fabrics made of milk yarns are suitable for household textiles.
- The amino acids present in the fiber make it antibacterial and antifungal.
- It is glossy and luxurious in appearance, feel and comfortability, just like silk.
- It has many beneficial chemical properties such as moderated fiber breaking tenacity and modulus,etc.
- It is hygroscopic in nature, as such it absorbs moisture very well.
- It is very easy to dye and can be dyed under normal temperature.
- It has the property of color fastness.
- It can be blended well with other fibers such as cotton, modal, tencel and bamboo etc.
Although its association with milk itself certifies that milk fiber is a naturally healthy fiber yet for authentication beyond doubt, it has been granted the International Ecological Textile Oeko-Tex Standard 100 Authentication in April,2004
Milk Fiber Blended with Other Fibers
We now know that milk fiber can be blended with many other fibers like cotton, cashmere, silk etc. When milk fiber is combined with these fibers, the resultant fabric gets different qualities adopted from different fibers but one common quality that is retained in all the blends is that of its being a healthy and eco-friendly fiber.
Milk Fiber blended with silk, bamboo fiber- the Cool Fiber: This blended fiber is moisture retentive, sweat conductive, comfortable and ventilative which gives it the property of coolness. It is soft and smooth with an attractive gloss, reflecting elegance in the personality of the wearer- and it is healthy.
Milk Fiber blended with mercerized wool, cashmere- the Thermal Protective Fiber: Milk protein fiber has a kind of three-dimensional and multigap structure. With its properties of light weight and high moisture absorption, the milk fiber when blended with wool and warm cashmere, becomes highly cold proof material- and it is comfortable and healthy too.
Milk Fiber blended with cotton,cashmere- for top grade under clothings: The milk protein contains plenty of amino acid and natural wet protecting genes. It is capable of restricting fungus too. The natural fibers, cotton and cashmere too have more or less similar qualities and when blended with milk fiber, the properties are enhanced to make comfortable, healthy and well fitted under wears.
Milk Fiber blended with cotton, silk- for home textile: Milk Fiber regulates air quality and when mixed with cotton or silk it also adopts the qualities of comfortability, durability and elegance making it perfect for home furnishings.
In fact, the fabrics made of milk protein fibers are so skin friendly that the dream of many about taking milk bath can come true now. This was one thing, which, only Cleopatra could have done to enhance her beauty and now that can be done by any average person, thanks to the astonishing milk yarn.