What stretches up to over 500 percent its size and still manages to retain its shape on recovery?
Oh! That’s another thing you probably didn’t know. Elastane, elastane fibre and Spandex fibre are used interchangeably across the globe. Spandex, however, is used more commonly than the rest, more so in the United States of America, so it was natural for the term catch on to the rest of the world.
Remember Spanx, a stretchy multi-apparel line introduced as slimming wear to the market? It capitalised the most on elastane and its stretch capabilities. They took elastane wrapped with hard yarn (this blend is also known as covered spandex yarn) and created a line of clothing that would not only make you look slimmer but also improve posture. The confidence Spanx gave to overweight women is exemplary.
So how did Elastane Fibre come into existence. This is a fascinating story in its own. During the World War II, when rubber was used in the equipment used in the war, scientists were burning the midnight oil trying to come up for an alternative for this expensive and unstable natural element. That is how elastane was invented. Elastane wouldn’t react to extreme temperatures and chemicals, and displayed phenomenal stretch and recover properties. It was also extremely cheap to manufacture.
Soon after, elastane was being used in the manufacture of garments. Spandex clothing came to be a rage among Rock artists and enthusiasts– it was shiny, tight and iconic. It was a fashion staple from the 70’s through the 80’s.
Today elastane is used in the creation of fashion and function wear. Intimate wear, active wear, fashion wear, hosiery… you name the category and you’ll find a little bit of spandex, or maybe lots, everywhere!
Jeans, especially your favourite skinny pair, fits snugly, supports in all the right places and gives you the confidence that even a designer gown can’t. When you find the perfect pair, you swear you would wear only that for a lifetime and wish that it would last forever…but…the inevitable happens– after a couple of washes, the once snug fit becomes unshapely, the once superior support feels more like a burden to carry on your legs and, naturally, the confidence turns to despair and even flannel pyjamas appeal to you more than your once __ jeans. You know why?
It’s because the cotton elastane yarn in the fabric of your jeans has given up.
If it isn’t high quality yarn, it is likely to give way after a couple of washes. Cotton is known to loose shape on washing which is why it is suggested to either purchase pre-washed cotton denims or, if you’re buying stretch denims, look for a slightly higher percentage of elastane, more commonly known as spandex, in your jeans. Why?
Elastane is known for its elasticity retention properties. If the Cotton Elastane Yarn in your jeans is a blend of high quality spandex which is more than 3 percent of the total composition, the jeans are likely to retain their shape, wash after wash and withstand some serious wear and tear.
So the next time you go out hunting for a new pair of jeans hoping they’d last longer than the previous pair, just take a look at the label for a higher percentage of spandex. Let better cotton elastane yarn come to your rescue!
Imagine your life without hosiery– stepping out in a skirt for a formal meeting when you, for the life of you, can’t find the time to shave your legs or running in shoes without socks leading to sweaty feet resulting in smelly shoes or wearing that perfect bodycon dress with a muffin top! All of these incidents spell H-O-R-R-O-R. Why horror when you can hosiery? But what does it take to make the perfect hosiery, ever wondered?
It takes the perfect hosiery yarn.
It takes the perfect knit.
It takes the perfect finish.
And more than often, the perfect garnish to top off the perfect hosiery.
Hosiery is made through a meticulous procedure of circular knit manufacturing. Hosiery yarn is taken and knit closely, sometimes without seams, making it smooth and flawless.
This hosiery yarn can be 100 percent natural or a blend of synthetic and natural and most times it is actually a blend with spandex or elastane fibre that gives its applications a stretch making them fashionable as well as functional.
Sometimes hosiery fabric goes through special chemical process that lend them special properties like fire retardation, water resistance and wrinkle free finishes.
The garnish will have to be the myriads of prints, designs, lace and a plethora of extras that personalise your hosiery, making it lovable, making it your favourite by setting it apart from the endless varieties available in the market.
Love your hosiery now? Load up on it and make a style statement everyday.