What is denim? Simply put, it’s a cotton twill textile usually used to make clothing. The appeal of denim has grown steadily over the last two decades. Its initial transition from heavy duty work wear to universal popularity in the 1960s revolutionized casual wear for both men and women. But the products of the time were less than ideal – traditional men’s jeans were heavy and stiff; on the women’s side even lighter weight variants were rigid. And all tended to bag and sag with regular use.
But that was yesterday. What is denim made of today? Now we have jeans with LYCRA® fiber. Unique LYCRA® technologies have enabled enterprising mills to develop a new generation of high-tech denim fabrics. Designers and brands have seized the opportunity to combine stylish looks with comfort, fit and freedom of movement. By combining jeans with LYCRA® fiber, the world’s most popular garment is now more versatile than ever, with looks ranging from ultracasual to urban chic.
Every day around the globe, people wear jeans with LYCRA® fiber and don’t even realize it. That’s because their denim is actually a woven fabric. What does woven fabric mean? In this case, it means that yarns of LYCRA® fiber are woven right into the fabric, adding an elastic element to the clothes for better comfort and durability. When people go shopping for the pair of jeans that fits them just right, what they are really looking for is a pair that contains the right amount of LYCRA® fiber.
There are a few different ways we’re helping make clothing even better. Thanks to an ongoing commitment to innovation, INVISTA has developed technologies to help consumers solve their most pressing denim dilemmas. Whether you need men’s cotton spandex jeans or women’s elastic denim pants, our LYCRA® dualFX® technology allows consumers to have super stretchy jeans that really do keep their shape, negating the bag and sag traditionally associated with high stretch fabrics. LYCRA® XFIT technology provides moderate stretch in all directions so wearers can experience 360 degree comfort in wear. Fabrics with LYCRA® TOUGH MAX™ technology bring new performance to the rugged end of the denim marketplace. Thanks to the use of LYCRA® T400® fiber, now jeans can be both durable and comfortable to wear. And jeans with LYCRA® lastingFIT technology provide comfort stretch with recovery that never quits.
Knit Fabric Technologies
Denim fabrics with LYCRA® HYBRID technology are made using INVISTA patent pending constructions that combine the look of woven denim with the comfortable fit and freedom of a knit. Fabrics can be engineered for use in a range of different garment types to serve as shaping jeans, athleisurewear, or everyday jeans.
Woven Fabric Technologies
LYCRA® dualFX® technology brand was developed in response to market demand for high-stretch denim fabrics that keep their shape. It is based on several patented technologies from INVISTA related to dual core yarns and bi-component yarns.
Typically, as fabric stretch increases so does the tendency for fabric growth or shrinkage. By combining LYCRA® fiber and LYCRA® T400® fiber together in one fabric, you get the best of both worlds — the high stretch of LYCRA® fiber and the excellent recovery power of LYCRA® T400® fiber. So consumers can have super stretch jeans that fit all day, every day.
Denim fabrics with LYCRA® SHAPING technology feature a high-level of stretch and recovery with low normalized hysteresis. They are tested against quality standards that are based on scientifically determined metrics that characterize both shaping performance and comfort. Denims with LYCRA® SHAPING technology help to smooth a woman’s curves and enhance her figure, and they qualify for the LYCRA® BEAUTY brand.
Imagine jeans that move like you move, providing a comfortable, custom like fit. Jeans with patented LYCRA® XFIT technology do just that that because they stretch in all directions, providing 360 degree comfort. And because they’re made with LYCRA® T400® fiber, they can withstand severe bleaching treatments, allowing for a variety of denim aesthetics.
The strength and durability of jeans with LYCRA® TOUGH MAX™ technology comes from the use of LYCRA® T400® fiber in the weft. Up to two times as strong and abrasion resistant as comparable 100% cotton jeans, denim with LYCRA® TOUGH MAX™ technology is the fabric of choice for hard work or play.
Jeans with LYCRA® lastingFIT technology provide long lasting comfort stretch, making them an excellent option for menswear. With LYCRA® T400® fiber in the weft, these fabrics keep their shape wash after wash and wear after wear. And, the ability to withstand heavy bleaching, sets them apart from other stretch alternatives.