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If all cotten fibres were the same length, they would all be equal in strength. But more shorter fibres need to be spun together to make a yarn with equivelant strength of one made up of longer staple fibres.The thickness and length of a fibre will help to determine the overall thickness of a spun yarn. The short the fibre, the more fibres will be needed to spin together to create yarn with enough tensile thrength to weave fabric. When you use alot of shorter fibres it will had bulk and the result will be a thicker yarn.

With a thicker yarn, it will limit the number of yarns that are able to be woven into one square inch, giving a lower thread count and a bulkier or heavier fabric. True high thread counts cannot be woven with short staple fibres.Long staple fibres, like Giza 45 require less fibres to spin a yarn. Less fibres will mean the yarn retains its strength but will be noticibly finer and smoother overall, as there are less ends protruding from the spun yarm. A super fine yarn has the ability to be woven closer together and tighter than a thick yarn, allowing a very high thread count but with minimal bulk and superior strength.

The longer the fibre, the finer the yarn can be woven. This combination allows for higher thread counts with a finer and smoother feel. A 1000 thread count is meant to be a very fine fabric. Despite misconceptions, a high thread count does not nessecarily ensure the fabric will last longer or wash better, rather it will produce a particular luxurious feel. Another way bed linen companies have been cleverly (or carefully) marketing their high thread count is by weaving fabrics with plied yarns.