B – EDUCATION
How are thread
What are weaves?
Weaving is a common technique that is used in making fabrics and this includes bedsheets, two distinct strands of yarns or threads are interlaced at right angles to form the piece of fabric. This pattern of interlacing threads creates a the a fabric structure called a weave.
Types of common weaves: Percale, Sateen, Twill, Dobby, Jersey Knit
What is a ply?
The number of fibers used in and single thread is called a ply. In general, single-ply means the thread is made up of one fiber, while two-ply threads have two fibers wrapped together creating a single thread.
It is a common mistake to think that a two-ply bed sheet would be a better choice, two-ply sheets are in fact rougher and less durable, because cheaper materials are typically used in these types of threads. Single ply threads in a proper weave however is the bedrock to rock your bed!
Plies are important because many brands use a multi-ply thread to multiply their thread count for false marketing. For example, >Bedsheet A has a TRUE thread count of 250 but because they use a 3 ply thread, they falsely market their product as 750TC (250TC x 3ply).
Bedsheet B has a true thread count of 250 and using a single ply thread has a much softer touch and is more durable.