Ted Talks: Flour Sack Towels, Chapter One

May 11, 2017

Happy Friday! Long time no blog! We're making some big changes around here, and we hope you're starting to see the positive difference in our services! Today we're back with a Ted Talk, where Ted, our sales leader and company founder, shares his knowledge on towel manufacturing. Part 1 of 2 part blog on making of the floursack towels  

The flour sack towels we make and sell are 100 percent cotton. Cotton is grown in warm climates - Most of the world's supply of cotton is grown in the US, China, India and Pakistan.

Cotton takes about 6 months to grow from seed to harvesting. After it is picked, cotton goes through a mechanical separation process known as ginning, in which cotton fiber is separated and baled. These bales are then taken to a textile mill, where the bales are separated in order to start carding.

Carding is a process by which cotton lint is cleaned and straightened, resulting in a thin strand known as a silver. The silver is then spun into yarn, which is then spooled, so it can be used for weaving fabric onto large looms .

When cotton is loomed the yarn is ran both vertically and horizontally through a weaving machine. The vertical direction is called warp and the horizontal is called weft. The type of weave used determines what the material will be.

Authentic, flour sacking material uses a tight weave, that is made exclusively to hold fine powder like flour. Most flour sack material sold online or in box stores use a loose weave similar to the flour sack weave. The looser material cost less to make and is cheaper to sell.

When ACS gets the material it’s still in the raw stage after weaving. Then we have to decide how to process the towel, to make it white or natural. To be cont...ACS Services