What Is Cupro?
At the-Bias-cut.com we really want to help you make an informed decision when making a purchase - and that includes understanding the fabric the garment is made from.
We take fabric very seriously, and every time we select a piece it has to be of excellent quality and a suitable fabric. And we have no shame in saying some pieces are synthetic, because synthetic fabrics have come a long way, with many just as good quality, if not more so, than natural.
So far I've explored why polyester deserves a second chance, and revealed what viscose really is. So today I'm going to discuss one of my favourite, and yet little known, fabrics: cupro.
What Is Cupro?
Cupro is made from pure organic cellulose fibres derived from the discarded linters (a fuzzy down) that are a by-product of processing cotton. The fuzzy down, when processed, is perfectly round in cross section with a naturally silky smooth finish, and posses many of the same qualities as cotton.
It was first developed in Germany in 1890s and, believe it or not, it was actually used for filaments of 'copper silk' for light bulbs. It wasn't until the early 1900s that it was used for clothing and textiles, and has since been manufactured largely in Japan.
What are its properties?
Cupro flows and feels like silk- and is often mistaken as it - but is much cooler. In fact, when I've worn several of our Cupro blouses, not only have I received numerous compliments for their look, many have remarked on how silky and luxurious they feel.
Cupro also washes well (no dry cleaning necessary) and it absorbs colour brilliantly. So it can feature fabulous, vibrant prints and pattern.
So it combines the gentleness of natural fibre with the functionality of a synthetic one. And what's best of all is it's biodegradable.
As a result, it is a great alternative to silk, and is highly favoured by prestige Italian tailoring houses to be used for linings.
Is it sustainable?
As with all fabrics - both natural and synthetic - there do need to be ecological and ethical considerations. Chemicals are required for it to be processed which can cause concern.
However, it makes use of a by-product from harvested cotton, and is therefore a great way to recycle what would otherwise be a waste material. And whilst there are increasing questions and debates regarding the production of cotton, as long as it continues, the production of cupro is a great way to prevent waste.
So Should You Wear It?
Cupro is definitely worth considering, especially as sustainable fashion becomes increasingly important. What's more, whilst it isn't 'cheap', it is more affordable than silk and is more desirable than man-made fabrics. It feels lovely to wear, and is an ideal choice for flowy, luxurious garments.