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Stretch without spandex for home textiles

New Sorona Agile fabric withstands industrial wash conditions without any compromise in fabric properties.

5th October 2021

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Wilmington, DE, USA


Welspun India and DuPont Biomaterials have launched a new home textile collection, including bath towels and bedsheets, made with bio-based materials.

The collaboration brings together cotton and DuPont’s Sorona fibres to create home textile fabrics that provide exceptional stretch, comfort, moisture management, a luxurious drape, and a smooth, soft, hand feel.

Welspun’s home textiles collection houses more than 30 innovations such as Nanocore technology, which prevents dust mites and other allergens from entering home linens, and HygroCotton, which traps air in its core to make terry towels more voluminous after every wash, while regulating a bedsheet’s temperature naturally.

Additionally, the company has also introduced a patented multi-level traceability process called Wel-Trak that tracks finished products back to their raw materials.

Fibres made with DuPont’s 37% plant-based Sorona polymer are currently used in apparel applications, including athleisure and athletic wear, insulation, swimwear, outerwear, suiting and faux fur. The polymer provides technical and performance benefits including softness, stretch and recovery, and inherent stain resistance without the need for topical treatments. Sorona is a USDA Certified Biobased and Oeko-Tex Standard 100 product.

“Welspun India challenged us to deliver a fibre innovation that will enable them to offer a perceptible value addition to their end customers and yet provide a sustainable solution,” said Dr Gowri Nagarajan, regional sales and marketing manager at DuPont Biomaterials. “We were able to deliver the Sorona fibre in a format that allows its incorporation into a range of applications, including towels and bedsheets.”

“Recently, we have seen an increasing demand for textile fabrics that demonstrate well-rounded performance in the most sustainable way possible at both the fibre and fabric level,” added Umasankar Mahapatra, senior vice president of innovation at Welspun India.   “We have been working with our suppliers to achieve this performance, and, in the realm of comfort, stretch, and moisture management, DuPont has a long history of innovation. It is remarkable to see the development of the performance stretch Sorona Agile fabric without the need for spandex. It is able to withstand industrial wash conditions without any compromise in fabric properties for the life of the fabric. Our teams are currently closely engaged in incorporating other Sorona yarns into home textile applications.”



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