2011 March 25

For the past decade, breathable fabrics have been key to developing new forms of clothing for sport and leisure, and this process has been extended by the work of the internationally famous Hohenstein Institute in Bönnigheim. Now they have a way of measuring the way a body interacts with clothing in a process called body mapping with comfort zones which will allow manufacturers to use different textiles for different parts of a garment, so that sportswear becomes more comfortable, baby wear (for example) becomes more absorbent and casual wear becomes less likely to crease or crumple in significant areas.

This could mean a polo shirt with a self starching collar, wicking under the arms to take up any sweat, and a crease resistant midriff area so that concertina lines don’t appear when somebody stands up after several hours at their desk.

It could also mean women’s T-shirts with built in bras that are designed to support different cup sizes and underarm areas that are super-strong in T-shirts worn for sport or super stain resistant in clothing designed for clubbing: no more yellow stains showing up under nightclub lights!

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