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Performance Days to display fabrics with special benefits

Apr '19
Pic: Performance Days
Pic: Performance Days
Performance Days will display extraordinary fabrics with special benefits under the topic ‘Beyond Conventional Function’ at the Performance Forum. ‘The Beauty Of Function’ is the main theme at the trade fair for functional fabrics and accessories to be held on May 8-9, 2019 in Munich. The show will present functional fabrics for sports and work clothing.

Around 300 exhibitors will present various interpretations of beauty across all categories in their functional fabrics. The Performance Jury have selected fabrics from well over 1,100 manufacturer submissions; not only fabrics with an interesting look and feel with essential functions like climate regulation and weather protection for sports, but also fabrics that provide the wearer of the garment with additional benefits and special comfort, according to a press release on the show.

Several mills have created fabrics in cooperation with suppliers that provide the added benefit of neutralising odours, an essential property in making sport clothing more comfortable and suitable for everyday wear. Odours can be neutralised using two different operating principles. The first uses microscopically small particles like carbon or other minerals with many tiny pores that give an extremely large surface area in comparison to the diameter. Sweat and odours are trapped in such surfaces. As a result, the sweat can no longer be further broken down into ill-smelling molecules. This is a so called passive technology. Suppliers like 37.5°/Cocona or Odegon Technologies use such systems. The other method involves active technologies that break odour molecules into even smaller, odour-free molecules. For example, the catalysts used in Odour Crunch from Polygiene are simply quartz sand and water. Supplier HeiQ also offers an active technology. A similar effect is achieved by the silver-based X-Static from Noble Biomaterials.

The new sport styles even promise cosmetic effects or a special feeling of comfort as added benefits. At Performance Days, visitors will find new fabrics that incorporate nourishing substances like aloe vera and vitamin E into the yarn for soft and hydrated skin, as supplied by M.i.t.i. Umorfil’s ‘Beauty Fibre’. Also on exhibit at Performance Days under the name Grandetex are natural collagen-peptides from the sea that protect and care for sensitive skin. Devan Chemicals caters to relaxation and recovery with its additive R-Vital Hemp.

The Swiss manufacturer Schoeller Textil is well-known for functional innovation and has created an extraordinarily soft fabric called Flamestop, which is made from wool and viscose and has the properties of a flame retardant in compliance with ISO Norm EN 11612. This knit is also suitable for making attractive sportswear. Another Schoeller innovation is Abrasion Buffer, which incorporates several benefits by body mapping. Zones with Nomex, for example, can be integrated into the elbows or shoulders to provide high abrasion resistance. Merino, on the other hand, provides a pleasant body climate, while Polycolon offers excellent moisture management and is 35 per cent lighter than polyester.

Intelligent technical products are displayed on the Performance Wall. U-Long introduces a self-mending fabric that, owing to its construction, is able to repair damage such as holes in the material. Meanwhile, intelligent warming and the individually controlled iwarm 3.0 Apparel Solution from Flying Textile have been processed in an outerwear jacket. A high performance sensor continuously measures the body temperature and individually regulates the heat supply, keeping the garment at a constant temperature. Similarly, the ‘Rokoko Smart Suit Pro from LTP is equipped with many wireless sensors that record every movement of the wearer. This data enables 3-D motion patterns to be developed that are just as interesting for medical purposes as for film production.

A further contribution to the athlete’s safety is the visibility provided by ‘EquiRay’, a luminous vest from Scilif. LED tubes with a textile coating are very bright and are visible up to 5 kilometres and, in bad weather, up to 2 kilometres. These elements are washable and can be processed into a wide variety of textiles and accessories. The rechargeable battery lasts for 32 hours. (GK)

Fibre2Fashion News Desk – India

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