What's the difference between Lycra® Fiber, Spandex and Elastane?
LYCRA® fiber is the trademarked brand name of a class of synthetic
elastic fibers known as spandex in the U.S., and elastane in the rest of
the world. Spandex and elastane are interchangeable terms that mean the
same thing, but only INVISTA produces authentic LYCRA® brand fibers.
Because of its elasticity and strength (stretching up to five times
its length), spandex has been incorporated into a wide range of
garments, especially in skin-tight garments. A benefit of spandex is its
significant strength and elasticity and its ability to return to the
original shape after stretching and faster drying than ordinary fabrics.
For clothing, spandex is usually mixed with cotton or polyester, and
accounts for a small percentage of the final fabric, which therefore
retains most of the look and feel of the other fibers.
Spandex, Lycra or elastane is a synthetic fiber known for its
exceptional elasticity. It is stronger and more durable than natural
rubber. It is a polyester-polyurethane copolymer that was invented
in 1958 by chemist Joseph Shivers at DuPont's Benger Laboratory in
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and Lycra fiber.
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