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    Old 01-20-2010, 03:52 PM
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    Thank you Granny B for clarifing the issue. I used an old piece of Kona this week on a binding, like silk, love it.
    I appreciate the time you took calling the company.
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    Old 01-23-2010, 07:39 AM
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    We hope you don’t find this to be an intrusion on your privacy, but we saw this discussion, and thought we could help clear up some confusion on several issues pertaining to our Kona® Cotton Solids brand.

    What is presented here is an official response from Robert Kaufman Co., Inc., to be posted and hopefully correct the inaccuracies brought to our attention, as well as answer some of the questions you might have had.

    To begin with, Kona® Cotton is a brand that has been around for almost three decades. In that time, the brand has become synonymous with quality in the fabric and textile world.

    Kona® Cotton Construction
    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, we add extra yarn for a custom construction, which creates a higher thread count and adds to the overall bulk of the finished product. Our Kona® Cotton will therefore weigh more than standard cotton sheeting.

    All Kona® cotton is dyed using reactive dyes and is processed and tested according to Oeko-Tex® Standard 100, satisfying the requirements of its product class. Click here to learn more about this testing http://www.oeko-tex.com/OekoTex100_P...dex.asp?cls=02

    Country of Origin
    Country of origin does not reflect upon quality whatsoever. We seek the highest quality for our Kona® Cotton brand, using only FIRST QUALITY goods, regardless of country. All of the countries we deal with are capable of producing the highest quality that we demand for our Kona® Cotton brand.

    Not to be confused with Kona Cotton, Kona Premium Muslin is a high thread count muslin exclusively produced in Pakistan. Kona Cotton Solids, on the other hand, have never been produced in Pakistan, and are currently being woven and dyed in Indonesia and Thailand at mills that are capable of achieving the Oeko-Tex Standard 100. While we have discontinued production in China and Korea, some bolts may still bare those Countries of Origin on the label.

    Greige Goods and the Production Process
    “Greige” (pronounced “grey”) or “Greige goods” are simply terms to refer to fabric in the raw state, before bleaching, dyeing or finishing processes.

    First quality goods can have variations in look and weaving pattern due to the different types of weaving machines that are used in weaving the greige goods. This difference in weave look in no way suggests a lesser quality, but only a difference in weaving style.

    The first step in the dyeing process is called lab dipping. Lab dipping entails dipping a small swatch of fabric in dye to match a specific color standard. Sometimes many dips are necessary before a color is approved. Once approved, a bulk dye formulation is made. Bulk dyeing is done in lots. Lot sizes can be 2000 yards or more. This lab dipping process uses “prepared for dye” greige of the same quality that will ultimately be used for bulk production.

    Robert Kaufman uses the same quality greige and dyes for all customers purchasing Kona Cotton Solids - all customers receive the same product. We have never produced a lesser grade of Kona for any customer. All seconds are rejected prior to leaving the mill.

    Here are some examples of defects that would result in rejected goods:
    Excessive slubs, knots, zippers, mis-weaves, contamination, holes, and color shading.

    Millions of yards of Kona Cotton are produced and shipped throughout the U.S. and internationally. We are always striving to maintain the highest level of quality and provide the best product. We therefore ask you to bring to our attention any Kona Cotton that you feel does not live up to your expectations. Please send in a 3” square swatch of the quality you feel does not meet Kona® standards. We will provide you with a detailed analysis report – the results of our testing process.

    Please send your swatch to:
    Robert Kaufman Co., Inc.
    Attn: Quality Control (re: Kona test)
    129 W. 132nd St.
    Los Angeles, CA 90061

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    Old 01-23-2010, 08:15 AM
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    Thank you, Robert Kaufman Company, for an official response. Very informative. It's much appreciated!
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    Old 02-02-2010, 12:33 PM
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    While I was in Joann's today, I peeked at the "Kona" cotton fabric. No where on the label does it specify a brand. If they were made by Kaufman, I'm sure they would say so on the label. Just because a company calls it by a similar name doesn't mean it's equal in quality to the real thing. I'll take the Kaufman Kona over a generic any day!
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    Old 02-02-2010, 01:21 PM
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    Well, thank you Robert Kaufman Company for your response. I've used Kona fabrics in the past. I'm extremely impressed with your willingness to go to the extra mile in posting a detailed response on this forum.
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    Old 02-03-2010, 01:32 PM
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    I have used Kona cotton in the past and I like it, but I recently bought RJR cotton supreme for the first time and it is beautiful, it is not as readily available as Kona, but I will be keeping my eyes open for it.
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    Old 02-03-2010, 01:41 PM
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    Most of the on-line quilt shops will send you a sample of the fabric. That's one way of being sure you get what you want.

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    Old 02-03-2010, 01:49 PM
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    Thank you Kaufman for the informative response to this 'thread'. I buy your Kona cotton solids from Hancocks of Paducah, have used it for years, and think it's really good value (compared to what I can get here in Ireland) at $4.98 per yard in Hancocks newest catalogue (Volume 51, early 2010).
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    Old 02-03-2010, 03:20 PM
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    very interesting...
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    Old 06-06-2010, 12:06 PM
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    I love Robert Kaufman fabrics and glad that they responded to this link, did you read the message from Robert Kaufman

    Originally Posted by Granny B
    Has anyone else noticed the poor quality of these two fabrics now that they're made in Thailand? I went to JoAnn's to buy some Kona solids and when I looked at the fabric it had the texture of some cheap WalMart sheets. It's the same at Hancock's. I didn't buy any. When I got home I looked at the labels on the bolts I have and the point of origin is Pakistan. The difference in the quality from the two countries is unbelievable. The next day I visited the LQS and looked at a bolt of Robert Kaufman and it is also now made in Thailand with the same diminished quality. When I asked the owner about it she just shrugged her shoulders and didn't answer. Am I just getting old and cantankarous about these things or has anyone else noticed. I e-mailed Kona, but never got an answer. I use the Kona on projects for the church so I don't want to use the poorer quality fabric. I guess I'll have to find a reasonably good substitute that has better quality. Since I'm footing the bill sure hope it's at JoAnn's or Hancock's because of the coupon savings.
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