Cutting Edge Cooling Fabrics for Athletes, Cancer Patients, & Menopause
Future fashions wont just make you look cool – you’ll feel cool, too.
Technology is constantly evolving and forever impacting and altering the industries it comes into contact with. The fashion industry is no exception. From the types of fabrics and textiles that are used and/or fabricated to the way that brands are marketing their collections, ever advancing technology is one of the biggest catalysts for change. High tech cooling fabrics is one fashion development that has a great deal of potential and is beginning to pick up momentum in the Fashion industry.
Most people associate sweat-wicking and cooling fabrics with athletic wear companies. However, a handful of other fashion companies have found new markets that are excited about the fabric and its properties. According to Women’s Wear Daily, women going through menopause and cancer patients are two groups that fashion companies are hoping to address. Most of the companies that are seeking to bring more cooling fabrics to their lines are headed by women. Many of the male-led companies that use cooling fabrics are aware of the benefits of the material, but are not comfortable pursing markets outside of athletic wear at this time.
However, the idea to bring cooling fabrics more mainstream makes perfect sense and is really quite brilliant.
Women who are going through menopause experience a number of hot flashes and breakthrough sweating. Similarly, patients who are undergoing treatments, like chemotherapy, or who have thyroid problems are also afflicted with hot flashes and unpredictable sweating. But, really the fabric is great for anyone who is looking to stay cool and dry! Unlike other fabrics, like cotton or polyester, the cooling technology will help to direct heat away from your body, keeping your body cool and dry.
How Does It Work?
While the fabrics may vary from one company to the next, most of them work through convection and evaporation. In other words, the fabric is engineered to create a capillary effect. This allows sweat and heat to be pulled away from your body, through the clothing, and then evaporated into the air. In addition to removing moisture, many of the fabrics are designed to reduce the amount of bacteria growth and odor that is typically produced.
Most recently, the idea of creating a cooling fabric from plastic has been gaining a great deal of attention. In addition to convection and evaporation, the new technology would incorporate infrared radiation concepts to keep bodies cool. Researchers who founded this new fabric hope to incorporate it into everyday fashions – from t-shirts to business suits – and to save on building air conditioning during the warmer months.
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