Home    Resource Store    Past Issues    Buyers' Guide    Career Center    Subscriptions    Advertising    E-Newsletter    Contact

More Quality Fabric Of The Month

Cool To The Core
November 24, 2015

Future Denim
September 22, 2015

Roofing Performance Gets A Lift
July 21, 2015

Warmth & Loft Without Feathers
May 19, 2015

IR Performance In A Softer Hand
March 16, 2015

Textile World Photo Galleries
November/December 2015 November/December 2015

View Issue  |

Subscribe Now  |


Vietnam Fashion, Fabric & Garment Machinery Expo
11/25/2015 - 11/27/2015

From Farm To Fabric: The Many Faces Of Cotton - The 74th Plenary Meeting of the International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC)
12/06/2015 - 12/11/2015

Capstone Course On Nonwoven Product Development
12/07/2015 - 12/11/2015

- more events -

- submit your event -

Printer Friendly
Full Site
Quality Fabric Of The Month

Easy-Care Luxe

Casalana from Glenoit Fabrics blends wool with other fibers in a fully washable sliver-knit low pile fabric that looks and feels like wool flannel.

Janet Bealer Rodie, Assistant Editor

T ake some wool for warmth, lighten and soften it by adding a good measure of microfiber acrylic, and make it more durable with a bit of nylon and polyester; blend into sliver and knit, and voilà - you have Casalana, a new low pile fabric developed recently by Glenoit Fabrics (H.G.) Corp. for apparel and accessory applications. The New York City-based knitter is producing the fabric domestically using specialized high-speed computer-driven sliver-knitting machines at its mill in Tarboro, N.C.


Glenoit Fabrics offers Casalana in a range of solid colors and jacquard patterns and also according to customer specifications.

Rich Looking But Well-Priced

Fully machine-washable and -dryable, Casalana has the rich look and feel of a high-end boiled wool flannel, but it is very competitively priced when compared with other wool products in the market, according to Joe Zeoli, Glenoit's national sales manager. "Its applications are numerous," he said, "but we are looking to place it in products that showcase its richness." Noting the fabric's flexibility and styling possibilities due to its knit pile construction, Zeoli mentioned apparel and accessories as targeted end-uses - from outerwear to middleweight layered fashions - and also potential home fashions applications, such as blankets.

Zeoli said Casalana - having a face-fiber blend of 34-percent wool, 50-percent microfiber acrylic, 11-percent nylon and 5-percent polyester; and a polyester back - is a response to the current strong interest in wool fabrics. The man-made fibers in the blend lend desirable performance attributes of their own. "Glenoit is providing the premiums of each fiber," he added, noting the fabric is durable and provides good thermal protection, while also exhibiting breathability.

Casalana differs in construction from the traditional pebble-textured sherpa Berber fabric. Zeoli said the low pile construction gears it toward a younger look.Glenoit offers the fabric in a 14-ounce weight in a range of solid colors and jacquard patterns. The company also will work with its customers to develop patterns according to their specifications. The company is showing Casalana to its customer base and reports it has been very well received. 

For more information about Casalana, contact Joe Zeoli (212) 391-3930, Ext. 8414.

February 2003