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.

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ROLE OF SPANDEX IN DIAPERS

 

role of spandex in diapers

Diaper is defined as “a basic garment for infants consisting of a folded cloth or other absorbent material drawn up between the legs and fastened about the waist” by Merriam Webster dictionary.

Now based on the requirement diapers are primarily used for infants and young children but they are also now used for elderly people and for adults suffering with mental or physical disabilities. Now-a-days people have started using them for pets too, so diapers have become an integral part of our lives.

Disposable diapers have now completely replaced the traditional re-usable diapers made of cotton fabric used earlier. Disposable diapers are mostly made using the following components and materials:

1) Polyethylene film

2) Polypropylene Non-woven Hydrophobic and Hydrophilic

3) Absorbent core – Wood pulp fluff

4) Super Absorbent Polymer

5) Elastane /Spandex fiber

6) Quick wicking layer

7) Adhesive Hot melts and Elastomeric

8) Fastening tape Stick type/Hook and loop type

9) Moisturizer lotions and fragrance lotions

10) Breathable/Cloth-like back sheet

Here we will focus on the role of Elastane /Spandex fiber in diapers.

In disposable diapers usually polyurethane or polyester foam elastics, and synthetic rubber or spandex elastics are used. But due to their properties now-days mostly spandex elastics are used.

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Is Your Active Wear Making You Inactive?

This one’s for exercise enthusiasts who seem to be finding trouble feeling motivated to get their fitness game on because the thought of getting into active wear is making them cringe and RUN AWAY from even the thought of exercise. Have you ever felt demotivated to go for a jog or hit the gym because it reminds you of the restrictive active wear you’re going to be wearing, especially if you are certain that you picked the correct size at the store? Don’t be surprised when we tell you that it isn’t the fit of the garment that’s the problem. It’s probably the improper elastane fibre composition in the fabric of your active attire that’s choking your body.

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That’s right, the composition of the fabric of your active wear can make a huge difference to your fitness productivity levels. It’s very simple, if you don’t feel comfortable in your clothing, you will not be able to reach or cross your work out potential. What generally makes active wear uncomfortable and restrictive is the lack of elastane fibre yarn in proportion to the hard yarn in the garment fabric.

Hard yarn, as the name implies, is rigid, giving structure to the garment, while elastane fibre yarn gives it the stretch and elasticity required for controlled movement for a particular type of exercise. Naturally, if the garment has less elastane and more hard yarn, it will be rigid and make your movements frigid.

Throw away the active wear garments that make you feel trapped and get going with elastane rich active wear today!