What Is Spandex Fabric and How Does It Work?
What Is Spandex Fabric and How Does It Work?
Spandex Market

Spandex is a supple synthetic fabric known for its flexibility. Contrary to common misconception, "spandex" is not a brand name; rather, it is a generic term for polyether-polyurea copolymer fabrics created using a number of manufacturing procedures. Spandex, Lycra, and elastane are all interchangeable names.


This fabric is often used in form-fitting consumer apparel since it can stretch up to 5-8 times its original size. Small amounts of spandex are woven into other synthetic, semi-synthetic, or organic fibres in most circumstances, rather than using pure spandex in clothes. Polyurethane, which was invented by IG Farben in Germany in 1937, is the basic material for spandex. Hundreds of top German scientists moved to the United States after WWII, and many of IG Farben's textile engineers went to the DuPont Corporation, which was the undisputed leader in synthetic textile development at the time.


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