Today there is a wide selection of cellulases available for the
stonewashing of garments. These cellulases include acids, neutrals,
modified acids, and hybrids. Modified acids and hybrids tend to
combine characteristics of acids and neutrals. Stonewashing
creates a faded and artificially worn appearance that is desirable
For over thirty years, manufacturers of jeans and denim fabrics
enzymes, stones, and pumice
to create a "stonewashed" look. Essentially the goal has been to
"age" the fabric so that it looks worn and feels much softer.
For many years
the process involved washing-out the sizing, and then washing
the denim in large commercial/industrial machines with either
enzymes or stones, or both. The result was a finish which
through abrasion and chemistry made a new product look old,
worn, and comfortable.
with traditional "stonewashing", large, expensive laundry
machines are abused by the same process which works on fabric,
and basic denim can be abraded too much.
During the last
ten years, alternatives to real stones (volcanic pumice) have
been tested by all the major jean manufacturers. The goal has
been to reduce the amount of maintenance required when using
stones, and to achieve a softer finish. After years of testing,
many are using various grades of perlite.
Perlite has been
found to perform many of the same properties as stones. It
produces a much softer, pliable finish, and it reduces
substantially the wear on the machines. Perlite also gives a
worn, finished look throughout the fabric and not just on the
upper surfaces. In some cases it also has allowed a reduction in
the use of enzymes which chemically attact the fibers and
ultimately result in fabrics that wear-out very quickly.
grades of perlite are being used ranging in size from the
largest horticultural grade to the finest grades (see either
Finishing with Perlite) or Standard Gradations of Horticultural
Perlite----Fine, Medium, and Coarse). Some manufacturers also
use a very, very fine filtration grade similar in size and
appearance to DE (ground, and milled diatomaceous earth).
gradations of perlite used and the special enzymes chosen are
considered proprietary process information by all the large
finishing companies. And yet more and more stonewashing is being
done every day with basic perlite both in this country and many
you need any more information about "Perite"
please contact: The Schundler Company P.O. Box 513
Metuchen, New Jersey 08840
(ph)732-287-2244 (fax) 732-287-4185 www.schundler.com
Bennett Dye Co(USA): Bennett Dye Co. has been an
established Dye House for over 75 years, but has specialized in garment
finishing since 1983. They offer many garment
enhancements, including direct, reactive and pigment dyeing. In addition
they do enzyme wash, garment wash, stone and
acid wash (denim or cotton garments) as well as tie-dyeing. For further
information, please contact them.
Address: 2552 N. 3rd St., Philadelphia,
Pa. 19133 Phone: 215-739-0432 Fax: 215-426-3120 E-Mail:
Bennettdye@aol.comContact: Lee Sunderland Bennett Dye Co.
Dyeing Textiles: direct dyeing, reactive dyeing,
pigment dyeing, Tie Dye.
Depilling Garment Wash
Anti-Microbial Garment Washing
Water Repellant Garment Wash
Stain Resist Garment Finishing
Grant Industries: Grant
Industries has been involved in the textile industry for over sixty
years. Grant offers a complete line of textile specialty products, which
include the following:
Preparation Chemicals desizing auxiliaries,
bleaching, scouring, and wetting agents, and detergents
Dyeing Auxiliaries dyeing assistants, leveling
agents, wetting agents, dispersing agents, fixes, and
lubricants for all natural and synthetic fibers
Finishing Chemicals hand modifiers, permanent
press resins, alkyd resins, lubricants, water repellents,
Stonewashing acid and neutral cellulase enzymes,
desizing, scouring agents, detergents, and softeners
Coatings formulad coatings for textiles used in
apparel, luggage, ribbons and specialty markets
Hytex: The latest addition
to their production process is Laundering or
wet processing - they offer specialized
services to fit the needs of the apparel industry.
They provide full service garment dyeing facility with on-site
testing, a full color lab, product development, and quality control
throughout the finishing of each garment.
Denim Wet Processing, we offer all types of wash, including prewash,
stonewash, bleached wash, enzyme washes, antique, sandblasting finishes
and more. Hytex started operating in 1981 as a company that does
contract silkscreen printing in a rented shop-house. Hytex's business
was then confined to manual silkscreen printing using long wooden
Laundry Specialties is a commercial laundry which specializes in
processing garments for the apparel industry. Some of the services they
provide are: Garment Washing, Enzyme Washing, Stone Washing, Bleaching
(Denims Etc.), Fix Wash (Crocking Etc.) and Silicone Wash. They also
provide rework services & packaging. Contact Richard or Chuck Address:
431 N. Jordan Street Allentown, PA 18102 Phone: 610-351-3860 Fax:
Luen Yat Garment Factory
(China & Macau) Luen Yat Garment Factory was established in 1986 by
their Director, Mr. Tony C.M. Chan. During these 20 years, their factory
has been growing tremendously from a small enterprise into a
widely-known and well-established garment factory in Asia. Their Company
is originally based in Macau with production factory and head office.
The 46,000 sq. ft. air-conditioned premise accommodates of around 350
employees divided into merchandising, shipping and administration, paper
patterning, cutting, sewing, sample-making, washing and packing
division. In order to cope with their rapid business growth, they have
set up an additional two factories. Zhuhai, Luen Yat (Claire) in 1996.
With 60,000 sq. ft. Premise is accompanied with 20,000 sq. ft. staff
accommodation, providing convenient and comfortable environment for our
800 employees. An area covering over 100 acres of land, with a
production area of 500,000 sq. ft including sewing, packing, in house
laundry, embroidery, water treatment system. Premise is accompanied with
500 rooms accommodation with a recreational area of, basketball court,
badminton, karaoke providing relaxing and comfortable for 2000
employees. Luen Yat's annual capacity reaches 450,000 dozens of
Jeanswear for local & overseas markets. As they are continuously
improving their machinery and workmanship as well as implementing better
production arrangement, their capacity is having a favorable and steady
annual growth. Their current production in Macau factory is 80,000 pairs
of jeans per month whereas the monthly production in their China factory
is 370,000 pairs.
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