Lyrcra launches FitSense for swimwear

December 5, 2019

Lycra has launched its new Lycra FitSense technology for swimwear. A recent article in KnittingIndustry reported that the technology is screen-printed onto fabric containing Lycra fiber. The aim is to eliminate extra weight and seams that could restrict movement or cause discomfort.  Lycra FitSense contains the same molecule as Lycra fiber, but in liquid form,

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Nottingham grad designs thermal-regulating “cocoon” for babies

December 3, 2019

Developing countries, refugee camps and disaster relief zones often do not have the resources needed to establish Neonatal Intensive Care Units, so that low birth-weight babies face a much higher risk of death. Fergus Vaux, a recent product design graduate at Nottingham Trent University, U.K., has designed a product to

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Ford uses 3D knitting technology for seamless seat covers

November 25, 2019

Ford Motor Co., based in Dearborn, Mich, is exploring the idea of letting customers design their own seat covers, add custom touches such as pockets and padding, and use more breathable materials for summer, made possible by 3D, flat-knitting technology. According to, the group’s European subsidiary Ford of Europe

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CORDURA introduces MoveX stretch fabrics

November 19, 2019

CORDURA brand has introduced MoveX CORDURA NYCO, a range of stretch fabrics from Sapphire Mills. Innovation in Textiles reports that the new fabrics are said to offer specifically engineered enhanced stretch solutions to provide dimensional stability and chemical resistance required for garments subjected to higher-temperature washing.  The MoveX range is designed to offer excellent stretch and stretch-recovery

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American Silk Mills unveils ASM Loft™

November 15, 2019

Sparked by an industry need for affordable luxury, American Silk Mills, High Point, N.C., introduces ASM Loft™. This is the first product to be introduced with the company’s partnership with parent company, Sutlej Textiles and Industries Ltd. The collection benefits from the innovative designs of American Silk Mills and the

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Transparent ink offers security for textiles

November 11, 2019

by Marie O’Mahony The smartphone uses an App to scan the Transparency security code downloading it to a database to authenticate the product. Photo: Marie O’Mahony Established in 1921, the Deutsche Institut für Textil + Faserforschung (DITF) prides itself on “application-orientated research from molecules to products.”  The German textile research institute

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Drexel announces development of new conductive yarns

November 11, 2019

MXene-coated yarns were tested by using them to knit textiles in three common patterns, single jersey, half gauge and interlock, to determine the optimal configuration for knitting with the conductive yarn. Photo: Drexel University Center for Functional Fabrics. Producing fabrics that perform all the functions desired, while retaining the best  characteristics

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What electronic skin patches can do

November 4, 2019

Electronic skin patches anchor a device to the skin to achieve a specific function, but most of the successful products on the market are not necessarily known as “electronic skin patches,” says IDTechEx Principal Analyst James Hayward. In a recently published article, Hayward notes the range of uses for electronic skin

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Devan launches CBD fabric treatments

October 30, 2019

Devan Chemicals has launched its CBD (cannabidiol) fabric treatment. The company says that its Acabada ProActiveWear is the world’s first CBD-infused activewear brand, intended to help people manage pain.  CBD molecules are infused into fabrics by wrapping microscopic droplets of zero-THC, hemp-derived CBD with a protective coating. Placed within the

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Hohenstein implements new 4D body scanner

October 21, 2019

The Hohenstein Institute has a new 4D body scanner that will be used in a series of research projects aimed at developing a standard method of analyzing how a clothing item restricts movement. Scanning in 4D shows body shape and size for the intended customer, helping to determine the impact

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