Microfibres are extremely fine synthetic fibres. They are mainly Polyester and Polyamide.
- Very lightweight
- Drape well
- 1/100th the diameter of a human hair
- Exceptional strength
- Easy care
- Can be made water and wind resistant
- Comfort of natural fibres
Application of Microfibres
- Cleaning textiles
Tencel is a modern type of regenerated fibre, engineered from cellulose. This group fo fibres is classed as lyocells
Characteristics of Tencel:
- Excellent wet strength
- Crease resistant
- Good drape
Tyvek is a modern non woven fabric which derived from polyethyline fibres.
Characteristics of Tyvek:
- Tear resistance
Application of Tyvek
- Used as housewrap to provide a water barrier.
- mail envelopes
- HAZMAT application
- Durable fabric in shoes
- packaging for laboratory equipment
Gore-tex and sympatex
They are membrane systems which prevent water and wind from penetrating whilst allowing perspiration to escape.
Characteristics of laminated fabrics
Application of laminated fabrics
- Used in sporting activities such as skiing.
- Used in medical applications
Micro encapsulated fabrics
Micro encapsulated fabrics definition:
Microencapsulation involves encapsulating liquid or solid substances in tiny thin-walled natural or synthetic bubbles. Microspheres gradually release active agents by simple mechanical rubbing, which ruptures the membrane over time.
Application of Micro encapsulated fabrics
- incorperates moisturisers
- incorperates therapeutic oils
- incorperates insecticides
- used in sportswear, underwear and work clothes
- used in thermochromic and photochromic textiles