Italienische Handwerkskunst

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How are ALVEN fabrics created?

The ALVEN fabrics are woven in Italy. The Italians have mastered an art of weaving that has now been lost in many, if not most, European countries or is no longer practiced for economic reasons: the complex jacquard technique.

All ALVEN bed linen products (except sheets) are made using this weaving process. The looms can weave patterns (repeat) of up to 300x300cm. Theoretically, you could weave a duvet like this with a single large motif, but the waste would be difficult to cope with financially (there are always small weaving errors in the fabric).

First the yarn is threaded - see picture above. It runs from a variety of spindles:

Many ALVEN fabrics are woven in two colors. The design "Lej da Staz" has a neutral colored warp (longitudinal thread) and a beige or light blue weft (crosswise thread). This results in a subtle or, in other designs, a stronger pattern.

The fabric comes from the loom in a very long strip and is then washed once:

After weaving and washing, our fabric is not yet finished. In order to make it softer, burn off any excess fibers and give it the beautiful shine that our customers appreciate, it is gassed and calendered in the next step:

The rolls shown in the picture (there are several) are very hot. The damp material is pulled over it and smoothed out.

Finally, the fabric goes into quality assurance. The goods are examined very carefully on a large, well-lit, vertically slanted table (like a large screen) and small weaving errors are marked on the edge. Later, during assembly, the best possible attempt is made to eliminate the weaving errors through good cutting in order to produce as little waste as possible.

So it takes a lot of steps to make bed linen. Also read our blog post about clothing.

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