The Lycra Company has launched a new fibre technology which is designed to reduce static and ensure cling-free wearing comfort for the hosiery sector.
Made with a proprietary anti-static additive, Lycra Sheer Sensation technology has been proven to negate the effects of static even when worn with materials and fabrics known to be particularly prone to static cling, Lycra said, adding that when permanently added to the fibre during the production process, Sheer Sensation technology offers the possibility of static-free garments.
“Lycra Sheer Sensation technology is perfect for sheer hosiery,” the company said. “The cling-free component is integrated within the fibre allowing hosiery to be manufactured as usual with no compromise to the garment comfort, fit or performance.”
The fibre can be processed in the same way as standard Lycra fibre with manufacturers able to dye garments without diluting the anti-static properties. Hosiery and tights made with Lycra Sheer Sensation technology can also be machine or hand washed without compromising the anti-static qualities. “Lycra Sheer Sensation technology raises the bar in terms of the standards achievable in everyday hosiery, delivering garment uniformity and invisibility of the spandex/elastane fibre,” Lycra added. “The fibre also enhances the colour uptake of dyes, making it possible to manufacture cling-free hosiery with saturated colour – in any shade. This flexibility makes it possible to produce tights and hosiery to match different skin tones.”
The anti-static qualities are also enhanced in sheer hosiery garments of 20 denier or lower, that are knitted using bare Lycra fibre.