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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Perfect Spandex Swimwear Suits – A Brilliant Guide

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A swimsuit gives you the freedom to enjoy the waters without you having to worry about a wardrobe malfunction. The bikini or a one piece in a luxurious fabric is great for clicking pictures at the beach but when it comes to picking something that can make you really enjoy your swimming in the waters, it’s spandex swimsuit. There used to be a time in the history of swimwear when practicality and style did not co-exist and if you wanted a swimwear suit that would be super comfortable it was definitely not something that you could show-off at the beach

Things have changed so much since then with spandex swimwear being designed to look chic and entering the genre of athleisure. Even the swimwear material which is now being used by designers lets you experiment with the design of the swimsuit. The swimsuit material is very important and depends on the weight you give to durability, fit and stretchability.

Spandex still remains the top pick for anyone who is really serious about his or her swimming wear.

• Polyester

Polyester swimsuit fabric is not one of the softest swimwear stretch fabric but it is picked up for some of the practical qualities it offers. Polyester blended with spandex gives an improved elasticity to the swimwear and is a popular selection. The best part about going in for polyester is that firstly it is chlorine resistant and secondly its color doesn’t fade off like other swimwear fabrics. This fabric ranks high on breathability, dries out quickly and is quite a low maintenance one.

• Nylon

Another choice for swimwear is nylon which is not as long lasting as polyester and is also not chlorine resistant. Nylon, however, is a lightweight fabric and gives a good fit. Though nylon is abrasion resistant like polyester it does not have good moisture absorbency.

Both of these when paired with spandex fiber gives the wearer a new and freeing swimming experience. These fibers when combined with spandex give birth to a new improved swimsuit which aids in reducing drag in water and simultaneously boosts performance while providing you the maximum comfort and allowing free movements.

Choice of design in spandex swimwear

#The one piece

You can pick up a one piece which will cover up your side bulges and love handles. One piece swimsuits now come with zippers too for a better fit.

#Full sleeved swimsuit

This swimsuit comes with full sleeves to give you UV protection to the fullest while the bikini cut down below gives you the freedom to swim with ease.

#Padded spaghetti swimsuit

This one comes with padding to give you an appealing fit and is the perfect choice for a perfect weather day at the beach.

#Surf leggings

These are one of the most versatile pieces of swimwear that you can own. You can surf in it, swim and even do your yoga class in them.

#The Bikini and the tankini

You can now have your have super stylish spandex bikini which fits you like a second skin. The tankini top is another choice for you and both of these can be matched with surf leggings or beach shorts.

Which is your favourite swim wear design? Share with us in the comments below

10 Spring & Summer Trends to Get into Your Wardrobe

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The start to every year keeps the fashion savvy glued to every bit of news snippet from the fashion capitals. It is the time of the year to update the wardrobe and to gear up for slaying the fashion circuit with style. We have curated a list for you, bringing together the must follow top Spring – Summer trends for this year.

1. It’s all About the Hats

Queen Elizabeth still rules the look and so does the whole royal family with the world following their lead this season. It’s going to be all about the hats, the bigger the better.

2. Athleisure – at its best with shorts

Wear those shorts with panache and add glamor to your look by adding on a blazer to your ensemble. Last year was all about stylized cycling shorts and this year will see a lot of tailored ones and Bermuda shorts added to this list. Many celebrities are already slaying the look with biking shorts and stilettos!

3. Tie & Dye and Animal Print

Maxi dresses, co-ordinates, summer blazers, kaftans, yoga wear and everything that you can think of is looking uber chic in this fabric which hibernated after the ’60s but is here to stay. No longer just a bohemian fashion trend, tie and dye and animal print is making a fashion statement on runways.

4. Bling it

Who doesn’t love a little glitz and it has always been the favorite of designers? Sequined shrugs, tops, skirts, shorts, dresses, and jumpsuits are a must own look for 2019. Don’t just stop the bling to your dresses for it is the trend in gym gear too for this season.

5. Go Earthy

The terracotta color palette has made a smooth transition from last year to maintain its position in the top trends for this year as well. Combinations of sunburnt orange and wine, deep reds and sunshine shades are what you must go in for your cocktail dress or flared pants.

6. Puff it Up

Big and bold is the mantra when it comes to shoulders this season. The boxy padded look has given way to dresses with puffed shoulders. The style works well with flowy silhouettes and defined necklines.

7. Take a bow to the Bow

Bows have always added a feminine touch to any outfit it is made a part of and this is the year of the Bow. Big and small, at the neckline or cinching the waistline, bows are going to be everywhere.

8. Tailored Tuxedos

A look made immensely popular by the Duchess of Sussex with her tuxedo dress and Hermes coming out with their line of tuxedoes with missing buttons, it is the new yet the trendiest kid on the block.

9. Pleats and Ruched Dresses

A look carried over from the last season, ruched dresses accentuate the curves. The blue Givenchy in this style is already making waves. Micro pleating brings volumes, eases movement and lends a silhouette-flattering look to the body.

10. Work the workout

The season of Athleisure is still not over yet as spandex mesh leggings continue to keep the fashion gurus excited. Paired with bomber jackets, they are perfect for gym and also for a luncheon. Leather look shiny spandex leggings is the perfect combination of Athleisure meeting bling for this season’s one of the top trends.

 

 

EVOLUTION OF SUITING: FROM RIGID GARMENT TO FLEXIBLE ONE

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The suiting much to our realization was came into being around the 17th century, and then in the 1800s, Beau Brummell reformed the typical suit combination which was earlier more on the lines of ornate and dandified to a more subtle and composed version.

And now here we are in the 21st century with an ever-changing and evolving range of suiting. The recent most development in the garment category of suits is adding stretch to the ever loved formal wear.

Typically suits were and still are made of fibers like wool, cotton, linen and polyester, all of these fibers when woven produce a hard constructed fabric ideal for suit making. But this fabric construction leads to an absolutely negligible stretch in the final garment, thus making the garment stiff.

In older times the stiffness or compact construction of suiting was not much of a concern as the lifestyle was not as active as compared to now.  But as times change the need of the individuals’ changes as well, hence to adapt to the 21st century’s active lifestyle “Suits with stretch” in them have been developed

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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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