Columbia is a soft yet strong and supple basketweave looking fabric. The viscose fibers give it a subtle shimmer which means it can be dressed up or down. Whether it's for story time, nap time or cocktail time, count on Columbia to be a stress-free fabric that's easy to love.
Columbia is Oeko-Tex 100 certified. Oeko-Tex is Swiss, and is one of the oldest third-party certifications, launched in 1992. The Oeko-Tex 100 standard assures you that the fabric contains no residual chemicals of concern, so it is safe to bring into your home or office or use on your body. Why is this fact important? The majority of dyed and finished fabrics are, by weight, 25% residual chemicals. Chemicals with a known toxic toxicity profile are used frequently in textile manufacture.
The Fabric Name
Columbia is named after the Columbia River, the largest river in the Pacific Northwest. It is the fourth-largest river in the United States and has the greatest flow of any North American river draining into the Pacific. The river system hosts many species of anadromous fish, which migrate between freshwater habitats and the Pacific Ocean. These fish—especially salmon—provided the core subsistence for native peoples.
For upholstery, drapery, skirts, dresses, whatever your imagination can come up with. Columbia makes a good slipcover fabric because it is lightweight enough for you to remove a slipcover and replace it. For slipcovers of 8 yards and under, you can wash it in your home machines.
- abrasion test results: 30,000 Martindale**
- care: This fabric will tighten up just a bit with the first washing, and lose a bit of its luster; becoming slightly more matte. Shrinkage is about 8% in length only if washed in cool water and line or air dried. A little more than 10% in hot temperatures.
- certification: Oeko-Tex 100
- content: 40% cotton; 30% linen; 30% viscose*
- directionality: Non-directional
- weight: 11 oz yd2 / 373 gm2
- width: 54" / 137 cm