I WAS BORN FREE, MY CLOTHES CHAINED ME. – ANONYMOUS

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The very antithesis of what someone said above, is Spandex.

Mere presence of Spandex in what you wear ensures that your clothes are just like your extended skin. Also known as Elastane [Europe], it has a versatile and amazing functionality of engineering fabrics with desired elasticity and strength.

At the basic level, one should know that Spandex is underneath the covering yarn, therefore covering yarn material surface will influence the running performance. Typically the covering yarn is Core Spun Yarn (CSY), Single Covered Yarn (SCY), Double Covered Yarn (DCY) and Plied Yarn, and Air covered Yarn (ACY).

Most important requirement for a stretch garment is that apart from Body comfort and fit, it has a natural appearance and recovery from elasticity. While allowing freedom of movement, it shall be breathable and durable. How and where a stretch garment is to be used depends largely on the degree and direction of elasticity, it provides.

The inherent benefits related to Spandex, ensure that it has not only Lifestyle applications, but also has vast and varied technical textile applications. It is used in Sportswear, stretch denim, Bottom wear, Swimwear, Tops [Shirting and Blouses], Intimate wear, Undergarments, Diapers, Socks and leggings.

Spandex has come as a boon to the medical industry with its usage being far and wide across Personal Hygiene [eg. Diapers, training pants], Surgical hose, Surgical Gloves and many more.

Moving beyond the conformist applications, Spandex has made other industries also notice its versatility and is now being widely used in Home Furnishing, Car Upholstery, Cables etc.

It is this cross-category applications of Spandex that the market in seeing a lot of action world-over, in its efforts to introduce innovation and newness, in the most cost-effective way.

India, currently consumes around 6000MT/Year (100% imported) of Bare Spandex. However, against a global growth of 7%, India is growing at 12-14% per annum in its Spandex consumption, led by the growth in organized retail, branded clothing, high GDP growth rate and a relatively positive consumer sentiment. We clearly see the market growing exponentially in coming years as consumers spending power goes further North, their aspirations and lifestyle drives them to seek more and seek better, which is what Spandex imparts. It empowers your clothes with Better and More of you.

Concept of Stretch in Fabric

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The woven and denim garment in general has almost nil stretch making the garment less comfortable and rigid as compared to knit garments, whereas knit garment has a property of de-shaping over a period of use making it less attractive and more prone to deforming as compared to woven garments.

By adding INVIYA® – bare spandex to both woven and knit category of fabrics, woven and denim garments become stretchable and knit garments retains its shape with longer period of use, thus adding value to the entire range of garments.

The entire notion of adding bare spandex to the core yarn of a fabric is to enhance the below properties of the final fabric:

  • Stretchability
  • Drape – gives good drape
  • Good Stretch recovery
  • Wrinkle resistance

 With the more active lifestyle and changing requirement in everyday life it is required more than ever to have a fabric which will not only compliment these conditions but also enhances our daily experience of clothing.

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Rainy Day Skirts For This Monsoon

Since monsoon is just a hop, skip and a jump away, it’s time for all to be ready to welcome it with open arms and possibly, free legs because there will be a lot of hopping, skipping and jumping involved wherever you encounter puddles. That brings us to our next point, which clothes are the best to be hopping, skipping and jumping around, after all, you don’t want to get soaked in the event of one poorly executed hop. What better than skirts to look stylish in and still do the hoping around with safety and grace? Here are some super stylish skirt options that will get you rainy day ready…

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Tulip: this is an interesting one, shaped like an upside down bulb, a tulip skirt is just right for rainy days. It’s layered in such a way that if the legs need to expand, it would open up just like a flower, providing the comfort to hop around. If the material of the skirt is a blend of bare spandex and hard yarns, it will give you just the right stretch and structure to look fabulous and be sporty whenever it’s required

Tube: tube skirts don’t facilitate free movement for jumping puddles, they are snug body-hugging movement inhibitors… false. When bare spandex is a component of it’s material, they prove to be the perfect skirts that enable hopping and give you a chic appeal. Wear one and try it. Make sure that if you’re wearing one to work, the length is appropriate.

Circle: this is a mighty cute one that will not only make your bottom appear fuller but also give you ample freedom for jumping and hopping. It’s neither snug nor loose. It’s just free flowing. It will move with your body. Just try to get one in a heavier fabric so that in case of a surprise gust of wind, you don’t have yourself an embarrassing Marilyn Monroe moment. Since this is a free flowing skirt, the presence of bare spandex in its make wont make much of a difference, but it always helps to have a stretch in your garments, just in case you lose or put on a few kilos here and there.

Get The Right Bodycon Dress For You With These Two Tips

What’s the one type of dress that stays in style through the year?

If you didn’t answer that question with “Bodycon”, you might want to think again.

Fashionable or not, a bodycon dress is one that will never go unnoticed at a club, restaurant or, if you’re daring enough, even at work. It is as stylish as style can get.

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All women desire to wear one but not many find the courage to. They either feel too slender or too well endowed to carry off a bodycon. We, as supporters of individual style and free self expression through style, encourage all women to try the bodycon if their heart so desires. We also offer a few tips that could help them select the bodycon for them

Curvy women could use help from getting bodycon dresses that have less bare spandex and more hard yarn in the make of the fabric of the dress… wait, what? What does that mean? That means the bodycon dress type that will make curvy women feel comfortable in their skin is one that is made with fabric that stretches but holds the body taut, in place. If you’re one who is conscious about bulges, get this bodycon dress type.

Bare spandex adds stretch to the dress to make movement easier while the hard yarn (e.g. cotton or polyester) holds the structure of the fabric in place.

Women who feel they are too slender to fit into a bodycon dress should get one that’s layered in the places where they feel they can use volume. For instance, a bodycon with ruffles at the bust or a peplum layer around the waist and butt area could be layers that flatter your body. You could wear bodycons with or without stretch and the bare spandex content in proportion to hard yarn is not of much significance.

Did that make you feel like getting a bodycon dress today?

The Wonders Of Spandex

Can you at all make clothes out of rubber?
No.

emmy-rossum-workout-clothesAnd to think, spandex was actually created as a substitute for rubber during the world war. It was created for use in war equipment. Naturally, or synthetically, technically speaking, bare spandex possess all the qualities of rubber, but what makes it better is the fact that it can withstand high or low temperatures, not be weathered on exposure to chemicals like detergents and is very cost efficient to manufacture. In fact, research has shown that the production and recycling of spandex fibre is more eco-friendly than that of any other natural fibres, in the long run.

Now how is bare spandex or elastane utilised, because it stretches up to 500 percent it size, so how do you control its stretch and make it viable for garment production?

Simple. You take elastane and blend it with a hard yarn. A hard yarn is any yarn that is made through natural or synthetic resources. Polyester is a synthetic hard yarn, whereas cotton, a natural hard yarn.

So you either knit elastane yarn with a hard yarn through circular knitting to make garments like socks and pantyhose or you twist a hard yarn or two hard yarns along an elastane yarn to make covered spandex yarn that can be used in the creation of intimate wear, active wear, swim wear and more!