|We love sewing with solids, whether it be mixed with our favorite prints or making a modern statement with all colors. Kona solids from Robert Kaufman are a popular choice, and we love the enormous rainbow of colors and smooth cotton texture. We wanted to learn more about Kona, so we chatted with the design team at Robert Kaufman! Read on to see what they had to say about how Kona is made, how they choose colors, and more.
What are Kona Solids?
Kona® Cotton Solids were first introduced in 1984, as a solid version adjunct to an existing collection of Hawaiian print fabrics called Kona® Prints, produced on the same quality basecloth. The original dozen colors included a primary palette, geared towards the sportswear customer of the mid-'80s, the target market for the fabric at the time. Robert Kaufman's foresight into the need for solid quilting cottons came at the urging of the New England sales representative, who insisted that quilters were enjoying Kona’s signature weight in patchwork projects. The range then grew through several expansions over the years and was marketed specifically for quilters.
What kind of fabric is Kona printed on? / What makes Kona different from other solids?
Kona Cotton is based on a standard cotton sheeting construction of 20 x 20 (20 singles) yarns and 60 x 60 thread count. However, this standard construction doesn’t provide the weight or bulk that Kona® is known for. To achieve this, extra yarn was added for a custom construction, which creates a higher thread count and adds to the overall bulk of the finished product. Kona® Cotton will therefore weigh more than standard cotton sheeting. Renowned for its ‘beefy’ hand, it adds desired structure to patchwork projects while still being a delight to sew through.
Piece-dyed in lots using reactive dyes, Kona® is processed and tested according to Oeko-Tex® Standard 100, satisfying the requirements of its product class to be free and clear of harmful substances – the only solid in the market with such certification. For more info about this testing, visit www.oeko-tex.com
Kona is also the largest range of cotton solids at 340 SKUs.
How do you choose colors to add to the collection?
There are several factors that influence our decisions on which colors to create and add to our range. The Robert Kaufman design team monitors trends from a variety of sources, including several global forecasting firms, to anticipate exciting, new colors. When we see a color start to trend, we consider adding more to that range. We also perform a sales analysis by color family. For instance, in the last few years, there has been an increased demand for grays, which led to several new additions in our latest release. We also listen to designer and customer and consumer requests for missing colors, and are always evaluating our current range to see if we have any gaps that could be filled.
Why should sewists choose Kona® Solids for their stash?
As the premiere brand, of superior quality and sewability, Kona® is recognized by the industry’s leading professionals. Here’s what some of them say about Kona:
- Only brand with 340 colors
- Signature bulky authentic cotton hand
- Forgiving and easy to needle through
- Oeko-Tex certified for no hazardous chemicals
Thank you to the Robert Kaufman Kona crew for answering our questions! Stay tuned for upcoming posts on solids, and click here to check out our Limited Edition Kona Club!
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