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The Effects of Major Developments in Textiles Technology

We have come to expect more from our clothing and other textile products. New textiles are being developed all the time - mostly to try and improve the performance of existing products, therefore to keep the consumer buying new products - maximising sales and profits.

Some Examples of Major Developments Are:

  • Fibre production - organic cotton, spider silk, Lyocell, microfibres, nanofibres, non-traditional fibre sources such as leaf hemp and pineapple leaf and banana leaf.
  • Yarn production - blended yarns such as lyocell and lycra. Heat treatments on yarn to give texture such as crimping or bulking.
  • Fabric production - biomimetics - fabrics that imitate nature:
    • Fastskin by Speedo (fabric for swimwear that acts like a shark skin)
    • Stomatex (fabric that imitates the way the surface of a leaf breathes and regulates temperature)
    • Super Microft (fabric that mimics the


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