Bear Threads‘ fabric collection consists of over 60 fine natural fiber fabrics. Many of our Pastel Colors & White fabrics are difficult to show accurate colors & detail online. However, we have several fabrics online to view. To see an online, partial listing of our fabrics, click here. For a complete PDF listing of our fabrics (including fabrics that are not listed online) click here. Monitor colors vary, so we recommend a fabric sample pack.
We are best known for our Batistes, including Bearissima, Bearissima II and “Giger.” Following is a comparative of Bear Threads‘ three Batistes and others available in the market.
Bearissima & “Giger” 9223 vs. Nelona
Nelona was a trade name of the JG Nef-Nelo Company of Switzerland for a batiste they manufactured. After Mr. Nef Sr.’s death, the family sold the company. It subsequently passed through 3 different ownerships before finally being liquidated in bankruptcy in late 1995. At that time the trade name Nelona passed into the public domain so that no longer does anyone control the name. This means that the name ‘nelona’ can be used for any fabric. The specifications for Nelona below are for the original Nelona as manufactured by the Nelo Company. The many variations today are all called Nelona.
In 1986 Bear Threads, Ltd. (who had previously sold Nelona) developed, in conjunction with the largest textile company in Switzerland, a batiste engineered to be superior to Nelona. This Swiss Batiste is marketed by Bear Threads under their trade name of BEARISSIMA. Due to customer demand, Bear Threads, Ltd. developed BEARISSIMA II, which is slightly heavier than Bearissima and also superior to Nelona.
H. W. Giger AG was a Swiss Textile manufacturer. In 1948 Hans Boeniger, of Switzerland, set up the H.W. Giger Co. of New York as a U. S. sales office. After H. W. Giger AG ceased operations in Switzerland, Hans Boeniger continued selling Swiss fabrics and trims until his death in 1987. Bear Threads, Ltd. acquired the inventory of H. W. Giger Co. of New York and has continued the manufacture of the 9223 Swiss Batiste. The 9223 is slightly sheerer than Bearissima, but still a tight weave high quality Batiste.
Bearissima and Bearissima II have what Bear Threads, Ltd. calls a Super Silk finish. This is a permanent finish that gives a very soft hand and a nice sheen and as the Swiss say more “crease resistance”.
The 140cm (55.118”) width gives 25% more fabric per lineal yd. than 112cm (44.094”) width. In most cases where 2.5yds of 112cm would be needed 2yds of 140cm will do.
The higher thread count of approximately 50% in Bearissima and 70% in Bearissima II and the superior finishing vs. Nelona, is self evident to all the first time they use Bearissima & Bearissima II.