Bianca’s Bed Linen: A Distinctly European Know-How
It takes incredible and incomparable skills to make quality cotton bedding.
To find durability, excellence, and the purest softness, Dolce Bianca headed to Portugal. In this southern European country, we find what we think is the noblest material: cotton. The country has always been known for the quality of its leather and leatherwork. But Portugal is also one of the top cotton producers in the world, and their know-how does not date from yesterday. It’s a craft that is passed on from generation to generation, despite an intense competition with Asia.
So why did we choose Portugal to make our products?
The question was simple: Is it possible to have a sustainable, quality, and beautiful product designed ethically?
The answer: Yes. In Portugal.
With such a strong heritage, deep-rooted traditions, as well as respectful and ethical working conditions, and ecological awareness, Portugal was our favourite in every way. Portugal already has the raw materials, as well as an excellent know-how. The possibility to create is infinite. And all the great innovation in textiles happens there. Furthermore, the advantage of doing business with a European Union member is the guarantee that our partners respect the highest labour and safety standards. That is probably why you can find there many world-renowned labels such as Oeko-Tex, a label for textiles tested for harmful substances.
Bed linen specifications
1. Long fibers
At Bianca, we use only long-staple cotton because it produces the longest, strongest and finest cotton fibers in the world. In the case of cotton - a longer staple is a better staple. Longer cotton fibers result in stronger, finer yarns, and produce a smooth feel. Shorter fibers can poke out of the weave, leading to a coarser, weaker fabric.
2. Single Ply Yarn
We exclusively use single-ply yarn because it produces the finest, strongest threads. It can only be spun from long-staple cotton, and results in light, soft, and durable sheets. Multi-ply yarns are a group of weaker fibers twisted together to create a false strength. They use mostly lower-grade, shorter-staple cottons, which result in thicker, coarser and heavier threads.
3.Thread count and weave
Thread count is the number of threads woven together in a square inch of fabric. As the thread count rises, the fabric becomes softer, denser and warmer. A higher thread count does not necessarily mean a higher quality sheet. Thread counts advertised in excess of 500 are often misrepresented by manufacturers in order to trick customers. They count not just each thread, but each ply spun together within each thread. As multi-ply construction is often used to strengthen lower-grade cotton, a super high thread count can actually indicate the presence of a lower-quality sheet.