Can you tell if something is exotic just by its name? Luau, aloha, kahuna and other words are reminders of far-flung places by their mere sound and the associations they convey. Kona is such a word. With it you can almost see imposing Hawaiian volcanoes, clear turquoise waters and resplendent tropical birds. But the questions remains: what exactly is kona cotton?
Kona is a trademarked 100% cotton broadcloth made by Robert Kaufman, a premier novelty fabric mill. Kona cotton was introduced by the company in the 1980s in response to the rapidly growing quilting industry. The thread count for kona cotton is 60 by 60. This high thread count is what allows kona cotton to balance durability with a soft hand and light weight.
Kona cotton fabrics are ideal for such apparel as children’s clothing, shirting, dresses, applique and decorating for the home. Following is a look at some of our kona cotton fabrics from Robert Kaufman: