Absorbent Fabrics for Moisture Management and Cooling
Moisture management is a key consideration in the apparel industry. A number of washable SAF™ fabrics have been designed to offer such properties and can create optimum conditions to help increase wearer comfort. The fabrics can also be used in garments designed to provide evaporative cooling when worn next to the skin or over outer clothing.
SAF™ Washable fabrics provide high levels of absorbency with the added benefit that they can be washed and re-used. This means that they can now be used as absorbent layers in clothing or other accessories that need to be laundered. The fabrics can also provide significant cooling benefits when used as the absorbent core in evaporative cooling garments.
To withstand laundering, the SAF™ Washable fabric must be positioned between two outer layers, thus creating a three-layer fabric. The outer fabrics* can be tailored as required to suit product design and functional requirement, e.g. one layer can be waterproof and the other water permeable. Once in a final fabric construction, studies have indicated minimal absorbency loss of 20% after 40 wash cycles. If constructed correctly, end garments/products made using a SAF™ Washable fabric can be tumble dried.
The fabrics range from 190-450gsm and are typically a blend of SAF™ and other synthetic fibres. Anti-microbial, flame-retardant and anti-odour finishes can also be added during the manufacturing process.
*We only supply the core fabric but can advise on outer fabrics
SAF™ – a soft superabsorbent fibre – is the key component in all of our fabrics. SAF™ fabrics absorb water and saline rapidly with excellent retention levels. Blood plasma can also be absorbed with greater resistance to solids blocking the surface. The SAF™ content does not shed when the fabrics are being cut and shaped for use. Learn more about SAF™
Fabric selection will be influenced by the final end use, but also many other requirements –absorbency, thickness, durability, and, often most importantly, budget. An experienced development team are on hand to offer advice and help with initial fabric selection for trials. Where possible, bespoke fabrics will be designed and manufactured to meet specific requirements. Contact us for more information