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CoolVisions dyeable polypropylene fibre gains relevance in production of urban apparel

The fibre is said to satisfy the current demands of apparel producers that require a balance between function and fashion.

18th April 2016

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Duluth, GA

Sports/​Outdoor, Clothing/​Footwear

CoolVisions dyeable polypropylene staple fibre has been chosen by Taiwan weaver Da Kong for its line of cotton-blend denims. © FiberVisions FiberVisions, a leading producer of polypropylene staple fibre for a variety of applications, says its CoolVisions dyeable polypropylene fibre is an ideal solution for producers of performance textiles seeking to achieve great performance benefits, combined with smart and stylish appearance.

Unlike earlier versions of polypropylene fibre, which were limited by the necessity to solution dye at the spinning source, CoolVisions works well with complementary fibres and dyes easily in fabric form, in the latest colours and patterns, the company reports.

The fibre is said to satisfy the current demands of apparel producers that require a balance between function and fashion, moisture management, comfort and light weight properties, as well as a sustainable profile of a performance fibre.

CoolVisions fibres

CoolVisions dyeable polypropylene fibres are designed to be inherently soft and lightweight, without compromising its excellent insulation properties, the company reports.

The fibre is said to outperform all other fibres when it comes to moisture management, moving moisture and drying quickly, to keep the wearer dry and comfortable. In addition, CoolVisions polypropylene is durable, abrasion resistant, and resists stains and bleach, according to the manufacturer.

As a result, apparel made with CoolVisions has the potential for a longer life and an excellent sustainability profile. The cradle-to-factory gate carbon footprint of the CoolVisions polymer is the lowest of all synthetic fibres, FiberVisions reports.

Taiwanese weaver HerMin selected CoolVisions dyeable polypropylene staple fibre for its colourful spring patterns with a decidedly urban appeal. © FiberVisions Urban appeal

CoolVisions dyeable polypropylene staple fibre has been chosen by Taiwan weaver Da Kong for its line of cotton-blend denims, including a Shanghai Innovation Award-winning 3.5 oz shirting weight.

“Most CoolVisions denims use the polypropylene fibre in the fill, so while the denims look like regular denim, you get the same coverage at a lighter weight. Typically, you end up with 30 to 35% polypropylene, enough to add a lot of performance attributes such as moisture management, thermal regulation, and abrasion resistance,” explained Susan Lynn, CoolVisions global marketing manager.

Taiwanese weaver HerMin selected CoolVisions dyeable polypropylene staple fibre for its colourful spring patterns with a decidedly urban appeal. “The key trend we are highlighting is urban fashion, merging fashion and light function with the newest yarn and finishing applications,” said HerMin marketing manager Courtney Cruzan.

“CoolVisions polypropylene is ideal for sustainable, light weight fabrics and blends beautifully with various yarns,” she added. “We blend CoolVisions with cotton, TransDRY cotton, and nylon.”

Engineered with the quick-drying, highly breathable polypropylene fibre against the skin, the Da Fon fabrics will appear in Santo’s Win-Fit 2016 performance line. © FiberVisionsLatest innovation

CoolVisions’ latest innovation is dyeable filament polypropylene with a cool, silky hand, under development at parent company Indorama Ventures at its Rayong, Thailand facility. Mill partner Da Fon International has created a line of functional knits using 70/72 CoolVisions dyeable polypropylene in combination with polyester and spandex.

Engineered with the quick-drying, highly breathable polypropylene fibre against the skin, the Da Fon fabrics will appear in Santo’s Win-Fit 2016 performance line.

“We’re seeing significant interest in CoolVisions dyeable polypropylene fibre for year-round, lifestyle apparel,” commented Lynn. “With its inherent softness, easy dyeability, and performance attributes, it engenders the perfect fusion of smart fashion and function for urban dwellers, commuters, business travelers, and outdoor enthusiasts.”

www.cool-visions.com

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