New cotton-like high-performance polyester fabric

11.06.2019 The fiber-product converting company Teijin Frontier Co., Ltd., Tokyo/Japan, has developed a new cotton-like high-performance polyester material for athleisure fashion. The new material combines the look and texture of cotton with superior properties for moisture absorption, quick drying and UV protection.

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The demand highly functional fabrics is growing in line with the increasing popularity of athleisure fashion and sport/outdoor wearable in daily life. Conventional fabrics for sport and outdoor wear achieve moisture absorption and quick heat reduction, but they are not suitable for daily use due to their unnatural textures. Cotton and cotton-blended fabrics are commonly used, but they are uncomfortable when the wearer perspires due to surface tackiness and the wet fabrics’ cold feel. Notably, the cotton-like features of Teijin’s fabric are achieved with polyester filament yarn, not a staple fiber. Moreover, the new material is eco-friendly because it is made with recycled raw materials.
The proprietary fiber maximizes processing effects. The yarn processing technology randomly mixes thick and thin parts in filaments, and complex yarn processing technology achieves cotton-like texture and capillary property. Structure optimization adjusts knitting texture and density to achieve a cotton-like look and texture. The brindle coloring and natural appearance of fibers are maximized due to uneven thicknesses.