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Vija Fabric description and care

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FABRIC DESCRIPTION AND CARE

If you have a newborn and your clothes are new - no matter the material - we strongly advise you wash (gently) before wearing since baby will certainly put his/her mouth on it.

Each fiber and each fabric has its peculiarities. At VIJA DESIGN, we try to offer you the finest and most comfortable fabric while being washable. FYI, the term "Spandex" and "Elastane" (often confused with Lycra™, which is a brand name for spandex fiber) identifies the same fiber added to a lot of fabric to give more stretch and comfort.

Cotton/spandex Jersey:

Very comfortable with good support fabric.

This natural fiber is recommended by pediatricians as it is hypoallergenic, breathable, absorbs moisture and is easy to sanitize. Cotton tends to stretch a little at the long term, the spandex provides good shape retention in addition to provide more 4-way stretch and flexibility around the body. Please note that the new cotton fabric is a little stiff and will soften with washing.

The fabric identified as certified organic cotton is grown without pesticides and herbicides in ethical conditions.

The "dry hand" of coton is good for skin-to-skin products, because it is not slippery.

Care: machine wash in cold water and gentle cycle to avoid faded color. Also avoid friction which could give a "aged" look to the garment. Hang to dry, taking care to stretch the garment to avoid bad creases. Avoid bleach (spandex doesn't support it too good). Can be ironed. If you put it on drying machine, return the garment inside out and dry with low heat.

NOTE: As with all garments made in cotton, bamboo or viscose jerseys (with spandex or not), very dark colors (Black, Navy, etc.) are firmer and slightly less extensible than very pale colors (White , silver, pale pink, pale blue), so it is possible we feel that it's more tight. So you should always try on a garment before washing, even if it is the same size as the other you have - especially if there is a big difference in the color.

Reason: To dye the fabric in dark colors, as is always the case, they must make three dye bath rather than a single dye bath for pale colors. Each dye tightens the fiber and gives a firmer "hand". This applies to all clothing in cotton, bamboo or viscose jersey on the market and it will be more remarkable especially for clothing to be worn snuggled or tight (ex: underwear).

Dry cotton fiber has strength limits of its own. We use the best quality high density cotton jersey of at least 220g / m2, butit is possible to tear the fabric if a high pressure is put at a specific point.

For example, the corner of the front panel of the Skin-to-skin T-shirt (# VB001, #VB010 and # VC002) at the armhole level could be vulnerable to a tear if:

1) the baby is in the wrong place (do not place the baby into the front panel! ...He should be into inside "X")
2) the garment is too loose (cause a vertical pressure instead of vertical + horizontal pressure, like a tight fitting garment)
3) a too pronounced stretch to breastfeed
4) a too strong stretch when putting the baby inside
5) a too heavy baby
6) someone who lowers strongly the front panel "to see how it's made inside" ...
7) the front panel takes another garment or a blade washer - dryer or (this is why we suggest to put the garment inside out for washing).

We then suggest to take the same precautions as with any other garment made of cotton jersey.

Bamboo/spandex Jersey:

The rayon of Bamboo fiber have a higher absorption than regular cotton. The fiber is porous, which allows it to breathe more and pulls moisture away from skin. Fabrics made from bamboo rayon have an appearance similar to cotton, but more soft and drapy, with a little shine to it. The spandex provides good retention of fabric and a stretch for comfort.
-It is naturally anti-bacterial ("bamboo kun" effect) and is hypoallergenic.
-It is as soft as cashmere and silk, which is perfect for sensitive skin and baby skin.
-Bamboo is biodegradable and environmentally friendly: the plants have a rapid growth, which makes it easy to grow without using pesticides and/or fertilizers.
-Bamboo absorbs five times more greenhouse gas emissions than the equivalent square foot of regular trees and produce 35% more oxygen.
-There is no need to replant the bamboo because its roots are strong, push the plant while retaining water in ponds and swamps, the banks holding the edge of streams, reducing pollution and contaminant .
The bamboo-fabric continue to be perfect over time, becoming softer and more absorbent after each washing.
The species used for the manufacture of bamboo fiber is the "Mosobamboo" (Phyllostachys pubescens), which is not a species that feeds pandas.

Care: machine wash in cold water and gentle cycle. Avoid friction which could give a "aged" look to the garment. Hang to dry. Avoid bleach (spandex supports it badly). Not need ironing if properly hang. It is possible that this fabric make some stain with liquid. These stain spots disappear easily when washed.

NOTE: As with all garments made in cotton, bamboo or viscose jerseys (with spandex or not), very dark colors (Black, Navy, etc.) are firmer and slightly less extensible than very pale colors (White , silver, pale pink, pale blue), so it is possible we feel that it's more tight. So you should always try on a garment before washing, even if it is the same size as the other you have - especially if there is a big difference in the color.

Reason: To dye the fabric in dark colors, as is always the case, they must make three dye bath rather than a single dye bath for pale colors. Each dye tightens the fiber and gives a firmer "hand". This applies to all clothing in cotton, bamboo or viscose jersey on the market and it will be more remarkable especially for clothing to be worn snuggled or tight (ex: underwear).

Polyester / cotton light jersey

Soft, lightweight, good maintenance, durable and comfortable. Absorbs less moisture than cotton alone.

Care: machine wash in cold or warm water and gentle cycle. Generally well resistant to normal friction. Hang to dry. Supports soft chlorine. No need for ironing. Warning: sensitive fabric for pilling if putted into too hot dryer.

Soft & lightweight Polyester micro-fleece

The micro-fleece, which is usually only at the front of the garment so it is not too warm for mom, could be use in cold environment (like air conditioning...).

It is better than polar-fleece - which is often too warm
Also, sometime, cotton and/or cotton fleece can absorb very delicate moisture of premature baby skin, so lightweight & very soft polyester micro-fleece could be a good solution.

Remember this to prevent overheating: the body of mom* is thermoregulate very efficiently the body of the baby to prevent overheating.
But, remember, because every baby is different and can request different care, the care of premie, low-weight babies or with health problems should always be under the supervision of a qualified health professional. Make sure you have consulted prior to use garment

*note: Sorry... It happen only with mom... So you must be more careful with dad with micro-fleece, especially if dad is feeling too warm.

Care: machine wash in cold or warm water, gentle cycle. Generally resistant to normal friction. Hang to dry. Do not need ironing. Be careful, it is a sensitive fabric for oily stain.

Polyester/spandex JERSEY OR INTERLOCK:

Comfortable, soft and durable fabric. Absorbs very little moisture. Spandex adds flexibility. This material will retain a beautiful appearance and color longer than natural fibers.

Care: machine wash in cold or warm water, gentle cycle. Generally resistant to normal friction. Hang to dry. Avoid bleach and do not need ironing. Be careful, it is a sensitive fabric for oily stain.

rayon/spandex or viscose/spandex Jersey :

Viscose and/or rayon has greater absorbtion than regular cotton. The spandex provides good retention of fabric and a nice stretch for comfort. Made from wood pulp, they are biodegradable (but watch out for flames!). These fabrics offer exceptional drape in comfort and casual look ("cotton" feel).

Care: Gentle cycle machine wash in cold water. We suggest to turn the garment inside out before washing. Avoid friction which could give a "aged" look to the garment. Hang to dry. Avoid bleach. Not need ironing if properly hang (ironing or very high pressure may cause visible shinny spots - just wash again to remove them). It is possible that this fabric stain with liquid. These spots disappear easily when washed.

NOTE: As with all garments made in cotton, bamboo or viscose jerseys (with spandex or not), very dark colors (Black, Navy, etc.) are firmer and slightly less extensible than very pale colors (White , silver, pale pink, pale blue), so it is possible we feel that it's more tight. So you should always try on a garment before washing, even if it is the same size as the other you have - especially if there is a big difference in the color.

Reason: To dye the fabric in dark colors, as is always the case, they must make three dye bath rather than a single dye bath for pale colors. Each dye tightens the fiber and gives a firmer "hand". This applies to all clothing in cotton, bamboo or viscose jersey on the market and it will be more remarkable especially for clothing to be worn snuggled or tight (ex: underwear).