October 20, 2006
October 20, 2006 -- The French fabric house, Avelana and Roudiere, has created a 'thermoregulator' fabric line using a new Klimeo process, which absorbs ambient thermal changes and offers wearable garments at a similar temperature regardless of the weather--much cooler in the summer or much warmer in the winter.
The new Klimeo process involves the application of a treatment to pure or mixed wool fabrics and is ideal for traditional, woven textile markets. It is also beneficial for knitwear used in active outdoor and sports markets, as well as other next-to-skin applications.
Klimeo is invisible to the naked eye, does not change the aesthetics, fall or texture of fabrics and retains its new properties even after machine washing and dry cleaning.
To create Klimeo, microcapsules are grafted to the fabric that change their phase depending on the temperature as the substance in microcapsules is solid. The fabric is seen as an excellent everyday fashion fabric and has been trialed successfully this season in wool and wool-blend suits, trousers and dresses.
At the launch of Klimeo, thermometers were put in both non-Klimeo and Klimeo fabrics and they were warmed up using a hair dryer to about 93 to 95 degrees Fahrenheit; whereas when the fabrics reached the same temperature, deep cold air was thrown on them at the same time. Each time the Klimeo fabric remained warmer than the non-Klimeo fabric.
Chargeurs Fashion is in the process of creating a variety of knitted textiles with the Klimeo technology and is expected to produce knits in-line with the requirements of performance apparel manufacturers around the world. Reprinted in part from BharatTextile.com, India