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.

ROLE OF SPANDEX IN DIAPERS

 

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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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Gift Your Dad Some Love Wrapped In Style This Father’s Day

Father’s Day is round the corner and you are running out of gift ideas to make daddy feel special because you made him feel special on his birthday and then fathers day last year and then again his birthday last year… the novelty is just fading away, so what can you do to make Father’s Day special this year? Try giving him a fashion makeover, within the bounds of comfort of course. Check out these fashion clothing items that will definitely win him over…

Father Son or Father Daughter T-shirts

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Since it’s Father’s Day, add a special touch to the t-shirt you get for your dad by getting yourself an identical one with some cool slogans like “Mr. Fix it” for your dad and “Miss Broke it” for yourself. Wear this on Father’s day with daddy dearest and don’t forget to take a selfie in it. Just make sure that the t-shirt is of good quality, if you’re getting it custom made. Ensure that it’s made from high quality Cotton Stretch Yarn for maximum durability that will help create long lasting memories.

Regular Fit Chinos

Chinos have been in style for a long long time and if your dad doesn’t already own a well fitted pair, get him one so that he can be stylish this year and for the years to come. Again, ensure it’s crafted from high quality cotton stretch yarn so that your dad stays comfortable and remembers your love every time he wears them.

Check Shirt

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Checks are in style this season and since it’s retro fashion, your dad will be ecstatic if you get him a checkered shirt that reminds him of how fashion was back in the day. A nice plaid shirt made with superior quality cotton stretch yarn will make a perfect father’s day gift this year!

Get one or all three and make daddy feel proud of his little one’s choice. Happy Father’s Day!

Disturbed By Sagging Leggings?

After being briefly banned from the fashion scene in the first decade of the millennium 2, leggings have been a constant fashion staple in both western and traditional attires. Whether patterned or in solid colors, it’s leggings galore ladies! But… fashion trend is more than often followed by fashion fails, and some leggings might bring you to the worst fail ever… sagging!

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Oh! The horror of walking out in a pair of saggy-crotch leggings that once used to be your absolute fave! What happened to them? Why did they sag? Let’s call this a bad hosiery yarn blended fabric experience.

No, it’s not jargon; it’s very simple and common knowledge actually. Fabric for leggings is made through a circular knit process using hosiery yarn which is a blend of a hard yarn or fibre, like cotton or polyester, and elastane yarn or fibre.

If the hard yarn or fibre is of good quality and standard and the elastane yarn or fibre of poor quality, the hosiery yarn develops a weak structure. By this we mean that on excessive or in worst case scenarios, even gentle stretching, can lead to a snapping of the elastane in the legging fabric.

Naturally, once the elastane yarn or fibre snaps, the hard yarn or fibre has nothing pulling it back to a compressed state, or there is no shape retention. The affected part sags and spoils the structure as well as look of the legging.

This is precisely why it is suggested that you buy high quality leggings even if they might cost a little more. They may pinch the pocket a little initially, but maintain your look wear after wear.

Don’t let sagging leggings disturb you anymore, look for Inviya® The Freedom Fibre in your leggings and be freed from fashion fails!