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Textile Industry

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John Whitehead

on 8 October 2012

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Fibers & Fabrics Overview
Gore-Tex is a man-made, waterproof yet breathable fabric, trademarked by W.L. Gore & Associates.
The fabric used to make Gore-Tex is called, polytetrafluoroethylene, designed originally by John W. Cropper.
Bob Gore, son of W.L. Gore, discovered the fabric and expanded it's development under the trademark name, Gore-Tex.
Gore-Tex has teamed up with major brands such as: Nike, Adidas, Under Armour, The North Face, Polo Ralph Lauren, and many more. Gore-Tex Gore-Tex : The Technology Manufactured Fiber Vs. Natural Fiber Class Connections Samantha Avena & John Whitehead The Technology :
The main component in the Gore-tex fabric is it's unique membrane layer.
The membrane has billions of pours designed to be smaller than a water droplet, but larger than water vapor. This is what allows breath-ability, while also water resistant.
The membrane is laminated to different layers of high performance fabrics. The ‘bark’ stem of the nettle plant contains pliable fibres that can be
woven, spun or twisted to make cloth or cordage • Manufactured fibers
• Gore-Tex
-Availability / Fashion Flow
• Natural fibers
•Sting Needle Plant
-How It's Made
Class Connections
Summary Manufactured Fibers Natural fibers Gore-Tex : Availability / Fashion Flow These fibers, are invented in a lab. Availability / Fashion Flow :
Due to Gore-Tex's involvement with many different brands, this allows for the company to gain major retail exposure.
Gore-Tex manufactures the fabric, but the brands they team up with ultimately determine the success of the product. Man made Synthetic nylon , spandex, ect. First manufactured in 1910,
with the development of rayon The fashion flow of the Gore-Tex fabric becomes completely dependent on the success of the brand chose to design with. made from substances that occur in nature the use of natural fiber predates written history The stinging Nettle this is a plant has been used since ancient times as a source of food, fiber, and medicine relief of arthritis and lumbago pains & simulating slow blood flow in the winter using it in the boiling of meat to tenderize it. for clothing its rich source of chlorophyll has come in handy for the dying of clothes esp for camouflage Gore-Tex is a trademarked manufactured fiber.
The fabric can be manufactured where ever resources are.
Being a manufactured fiber allows a company to serve as it's own market. How its made different types of nettle require different processes of turning the plant into a fiber the nettles' fibrous stalk or stem has been used in the
past to make a very good cloth, similar to hemp. Nettle is a natural fiber made from a plant.
The natural fiber industry is in fierce competition with manufactures.
Natural fiber are forced to adapt to the needs of customers. Questions Since cotton is the most widely used natural fiber, do you think the Stinging Nettle can compete by being marketed as "more eco-friendly"?

Gore-Tex sells their manufactured fabric to brands for distribution. Do you think that Gore-Tex, or the brands get more benefits out of their relationship?

In this day and age, do you believe it is smarter to invest in and produce natural fibers or manufactured fibers? Eco-Friendly *Asian nettles differ from european nettle Summary Gore-Tex is a manufactured, waterproof / breathable fabric.
Gore-Tex sells their fabric to other brands and allows them to sell the product.
Nettle has been used since prehistoric times.
The fiber is gaining popularity because of it's eco-friendly characteristics. References http://www.countryfarm-lifestyles.com/stinging-nettles.html http://www.herballegacy.com/Vance_History.html http://www.gore-tex.com http://www.nettlesoup.info/nettlecloth.htm
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