Amazing Fabric From…Soy?

Image courtesy HollySpringHomespun.com

So, I’ve always thought I was pretty well educated when it came to eco-fabrics.

I was wrong.

Just this morning I discovered soy silk. That’s right: it’s fabric made from soy.

According to KnittersReview.com:

Soy Silk is an environmentally friendly fiber made from tofu manufacturing waste. Soy protein is liquefied and then extruded into long, continuous fibers that are then cut and processed like any other spinning fiber.

How cool is that?

Apparently, Henry Ford invented the process of making soy silk back in 1937.

The Benefits of Soy Silk

The cool thing about soy silk fabric is that it feels a lot like cashmere. It’s soft and light, and luxurious to the touch. ¬†And since it’s made from waste products, it’s completely eco-friendly.

Soy silk also mimics the look of silk in the way it drapes the body. It’s reflective like silk, and naturally resists wrinkling.

It also has a higher breaking strength than cotton or wool, which means it’s quite strong compared to common fabrics.

Image courtesy ExOfficio

Soy silk is great for adventure and outdoor clothing because it wicks well, packs up small, and dries incredibly fast. Ex Officio, which makes high-end travel and adventure clothing, recently introduced TofuTech, their line of soy silk clothing.

I, for one, can’t wait to try it out. I love Ex Officio clothing, and am going to scour Sierra Trading Post to find it on sale.

If you knit, it’s also fairly easy to find soy silk as a yarn. You could whip up some soy silk scarves and hats in no time. When fall gets here, this is another thing I’d love to try. I’m definitely bored with traditional cotton and wool blends, and am going to look for some lovely soy silk yarn this summer.

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3 Responses to “Amazing Fabric From…Soy?”

  1. nice post..
    thx for share

  2. Thanks for the mention of our clothing with soy fabric. We’re now making sweaters from soy mixed with wool.

  3. Erica, Thanks so much for reading! I love the ExOfficio line, and am excited about what you’re doing.

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