Why Spandex is the Best Fabric for Active-wear

The past few years have seen a major shift when it comes to activewear. With more and more people getting into fitness activewear has become more than just a type of clothing. If someone had told us five years ago that our workout gear would become some of our favorite wardrobe pieces, we’d tell them they were dreaming. And yet the rise of activewear is impossible to deny. Ever since athleisure became a thing, activewear gained even more popularity. Even people who do not exercise on a regular basis have activewear items in their closet for everyday wear.

While good-old-fashioned cotton might seem like a great choice, it’s actually not ideal for activewear as it absorbs moisture, which means once you start sweating, the fabric will soak it up and become heavy and uncomfortable. Thankfully, there’s been a lot of innovation in fabric technology in recent years and spandex also known as lycra has become a top choice when it comes to activewear. It was originally invented in 1937 in Germany, but it wasn’t until later in the 1950s that it was actually put to use in fabrics to make stretchable clothing. Elastane is created using a long-chain polymer called polyurethane. The prepolymer that is created is then put to react with a diamine, which helps extend the polymer. The resulting product is made into a spinning solution, which is then spun into elastane fibers known as spandex or lycra.

Why Spandex is extensively used for activewear?

  1. Stretchable – The quintessential workout fabric spandex is known for its ability to recover and stretch and when it comes to activewear, having a stretch in the fabric key. For the body to move effortlessly, the fabric has to stretchy as well as something that recovers instantly. A Spandex blend fabric is perfect for that and hence it has gained popularity over the years.
  2. Breathability – Wearing a breathable fabric during working out or any sports activity is also essential. Spandex is breathable, wicks moisture, and dries quickly and that is exactly what you need while making activewear clothing.
  3. Durability – Workout clothes are made to be durable. Workout activities can easily tear clothing if they are made up of poor quality fabrics. Rapid movements or contracting and expanding of muscles require a fabric that can stretch. Spandex is highly resistant to abrasion, seawater, body oils, detergents, etc and these are all qualities that make it not only durable but also very practical to use without the worry of stains or being damaged quickly.
  4. Combination with other fabrics – Combining spandex fibers with other fibers, such as polyester, nylon or cotton, even in minimum amounts, such as 1% of the entire fabric composition can greatly improve the other material’s ability to stretch. Spandex can be easily blended with other fabrics to give it elasticity and movement to the fabric.
  5. Comfortable – While performing any activity it is crucial to be comfortable. Choosing a fabric that will help the flow to air will not only keep you dry but also feeling fresh. Since spandex is breathable and stretchable it automatically becomes comfortable which is important.

Nowadays, spandex is used in multiple fabric blends to give it elasticity and stretch. But it still remains on the top when it comes to active-wear or sportswear. Its unique properties make it ideal for clothing that is comfortable, durable and doesn’t restrict movement.

Looking for Spandex for your fashion wear, intimate wear, denim wear, socks, medical wear?

Contact INVIYA®- First Indian Spandex Brand.

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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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Consider These Tips Before You Dress Up For This Party Season

New year is just round the corner and the party invitations are flooding in. At a time like this, when searching for the perfect dress that would suit the occasion becomes a hassle, stop yourself from giving in to the temptation of wearing the first disco dress that you lay your eyes upon and scroll down for some quick tips.

Friends Party

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Whether you are a host of a house party or crashing down at a friend’s place to welcome the year, a casual party is where you can let your guard down and do what your heart desires. No worries if you wanna go dressy, too casual, or too bold, just make sure that you stay confident in your own skin and carry your outfit in style so that you can enjoy the party to the fullest.

Office Party

 

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Before you take out that leopard print dress forged from polyster stretch yarn or that low cut stretch spandex dress, remember that even if it’s a “party”, it is still a part of work. To suit the occasion, go for bold colors and if you wish to wear a short length dress, make sure it is atleast knee-length. Be at your best behaviour and let your personality shine through!

Suit-Up with the new age Stretch Fabric Men’s Suits

Bending down or stretching out your arms don’t seem like much of a task, but ask about it to the men who wear suits and they will tell you that the struggle is real! Moving around freely while being clad in a suit is no joke and fortunately, men’s clothing brands around the world have come up with a viable solution to help men break free from restrictive clothing.

The answer to your suiting-woes lies in the magical elemenmj-618-348-stretch-suits_orig.jpgt called spandex that brands ranging from Hugo Boss to Calvin Klein are employing to produce stretch fabric. This fabric, when used in the manufacturing of men’s suits, makes them wrinkle resistant, easy to wear, and most importantly, enhances the quality to move freely with your body.

As more and more men today are falling for the fitness craze and indulging in a more active lifestyle in general, stretch suits fit the bill precisely as they provide the gift of mobility and naturally, comfort. So be it leaving a mark in an important meeting or flexing out in a quick game of TT during the break, stretch fabric suits make sure that your clothing doesn’t come in the way of doing what your heart desires.

So, gentlemen, it’s time to give your traditional suits a miss and move around freely in the modern-day stretch suits!

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