Fabric science COTTON Cotton is a very absorbent, skin-friendly, long-lasting and low-maintenance material which is extremely resistant to heat. VISKOSE Viscose is both soft and breathable, meaning that it is a very popular fabric in the fashion industry. The material is suitable for those suffering fromallergies, doesn’t pill and is very good at absorbing sweat. The fibre is also light, yet hard-wearing. Viscose looks like cotton, but is significantlyshinier. Compared to cotton, it is softer to the touch, almost silky in fact, and has a better flow. ELASTANE Elastane is a synthetic fibre and, most of the time, it is mixed together with other fibres. Thanks to its stretchability, the material is very versatile. POLYAMIDE Polyamides are waterproof and dry very quickly. POLYESTER Polyester describes a synthetic (micro) fibre which was developed as an alternative to silk The microfibre is very low-maintenance and durable. POLYACTID Polyactides are linear polyesters made from polymerised lactic acid extracted from plant starch.As they can be made from renewable materials, polyactides can be used as an ecological alternative to mineral-oil based plastics in certain instances.However, the material is currently expensive to produce. The material’s main characteristics: it absorbs minimal moisture & is highly-resistant to UV rays. POLYPROPYLENE Polypropylene is the second most important plastic in the world. Polypropylene fibres are lighter than water and, as such, absorb hardly anymoisture. Thanks to the high levels of surface tension, any moisture and sweat are quickly transferred outside and away from the body. What’s more, PP is odourless and skin-friendly. POLYURETHANE This fibre’s stand out characteristic is its high stretchability, which makes clothes fit better and means that they are more comfortable to wear. Fibrescan be stretched up to a maximum of seven times their length. With an elastane content of 2-4%, the fabric stretches 25-30% more. In addition,such fibres absorb minimal amounts of moisture and are both very hard-wearing and low-maintenance. WOOL In accordance with the Textile Labelling Act, a product is only labelled as containing wool if the material comes from an animal. As such, wool is arenewable material. Wool has excellent thermal properties. VIRGIN WOOL Wool obtained exclusively from the shearing of living animals. It is regarded as a wool of particularly high quality.