We are pleased to officially launch our new illume .9oz 15d DWR Nylon Ripstop fabrics. We have been shipping production quilts for the past two weeks with the new illume15 fabrics. Our goal with this fabric was to offer a true garment class fabric on our quilts while reducing weight, improving breath-ability and improving DWR finish. We required the fabric to have the strength and durability of our 1.1oz 30d fabric to provide for a robust product. We looked at many hyper-light fabric in the .65-.8 oz range and did not find a suitable fabric in terms of durability. The fabric needed to have a ripstop pattern which most of the hyper-light fabrics did not. We also required a good DWR and verified down proof from the fabric.
Once we narrowed down to a suitable candidate we requested some changes to the make up of the fabric for our needs resulting in a custom fabric made for UGQ.
We tested illume15 in house by making several mock up quilt panels as well as full quilt for field testing. On the mock up panels we performed a 10 cycle wash/dry to verify down proof and see how the DWR finish on the fabric performed over repeated wash cycles. No passing of spines, feathers, or down cluster were noted during testing. Our in house testing showed great results but for us we also wanted independent confirmation of the fabrics down proof properties. The test panels we made in house and tested were then shipped to International Down & Feather Labs in Salt Lake City for additional testing.
After our in house 10 cycle wash/dry the lab report from IDFL shows the fabric still well above average and very close to the top of the scale in it down proof properties. Good news for us and good news for you, knowing you are purchasing a quilt made with a fabric that has been independently tested for down proof. Making sure we did our due diligence with testing of this fabric was of utmost importance to us.
illume15 is currently available in three colors, Jet Black, Charcoal Grey, & Hunter Grey.
6 additional colors will be available late October
Mocha, Desert Tan, Burnt Orange, Aspen Yellow, Bossa Nova Red, & Moroccan Blue.