Fabric Technology

What is LYCRA® technology?

Lycra® technology, also known as spandex or elastane, refers to a synthetic fiber known for its exceptional elasticity and stretchability. It was invented by DuPont in the 1950s and has since become widely used in various textile applications, including clothing, activewear, swimwear, lingerie, and more.

Main features

Exceptional Elasticity

Stretch up to five times, quickly return to their original shape.


Lightweight, soft, and smooth against the skin

Shape Retention

Maintain their elasticity even after repeated wearing and washing.

Versatile Application

Blendable with other fibers, to enhance their properties

Quick Drying

Dry quickly, making them ideal for swimwear and activewear


Yes, Lycra® is a brand name for spandex or elastane, which are generic terms used to describe the same type of synthetic fiber.

Garments made with Lycra® can typically stretch up to five times their original length, providing exceptional elasticity and flexibility.

Yes, Lycra® fibers are commonly used in activewear and sports clothing due to their stretchability, comfort, and ability to provide support during physical activity.

Currently there are more than 200 differentiated fibers with the LYCRA® brand name such as LYCRA® EcoMade and LYCRA® Fitsense. Each one is designed to deliver unique attributes and desirable benefits to apparel from innerwear to outwear and in personal care products.

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