Mercerized cotton – for shine and stability
for shine and stability
Mercerization – a finishing process
Cotton has a slight shine in its natural form. This is due to the cell sap present in cotton, although this dries out after harvesting. When processed into a piece of clothing, the material is matte and develops small bits of fluff with repeated use. The finishing process called mercerization (also known as mercerisation) is used to prevent this.
Our Business Light socks, Funky Socks and knee socks contain a significant proportion of mercerized cotton – also known as “Fil d’Ecosse”.
Fleet-footed and elegant
From classically muted to cheerful modern colors, Business Light socks are some of our customers' favorites. The silky, shiny surface is elegant and feels soft against the skin. If you are looking for mercerized cotton socks, then Business Light socks are the perfect find.
Less weight – better properties
Mercerization involves exposing cotton to sodium hydroxide. This causes the fibers to swell, and their cross-section changes from kidney-shaped to round. The cotton also loses up to 25% of its length. Mercerization is therefore an expensive chemical procedure.
However, this finishing process has numerous benefits. The changed structure gives the cotton a silky, wash-resistant shine. Color fastness is significantly increased and the yarn is left stronger.
As well as making the fabric more stable, mercerization also protects it from shrinking. We use mercerized cotton, ensuring better socks for you. Socks made of «Fil d'Écosse».
Colorful mercerized cotton
Mercerization allows us to offers socks in a variety of different patterns, as this is where color comes into its own. Are you brave enough to add a stylish touch? Then take a look at our Funky Socks collections.
Who invented it?
For once, it wasn’t anyone Swiss. When filtering sodium hydroxide through a cotton cloth, Englishman John Mercer noticed that the cloth swelled and ultimately demonstrated different properties.
John Mercer was the son of a hand-loom weaver and began helping out with the work at an early age. Although he never went to school, he learned to read and then taught himself about chemistry through self-study. He immediately began to investigate textile dyes, and patented the procedure named after him in England and the USA in 1851.
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Care tips for socks
Our socks are subjected to rubbing in shoes and changing temperatures every day. Washing should not be another cause of stress. Increase your socks’ shelf life with these simple tips.