WoolVisions by CoolVisions is gaining recognition as a fabric blend that can help offer superior performance to merino wool alone. WoolVisions fabrics are the only hybrids blending merino wool with polypropylene, the lightest, driest, and best-insulating of apparel fibres, the company reports.
Jose Fernandez, president of international knitted fabric supplier Global Merino said that WoolVisions is a really interesting blend with merino wool. CoolVisions polypropylene fibre is thermally a better match for merino than other synthetics, resulting in fabrics with better hydrophobic performance.
Polypropyleneâ€™s inherent durability and stain resistance mean that apparel of WoolVisions can be worn better and last longer than many merino wool garments.
The intimate blend of CoolVisions dyeable polypropylene staple with merino wool is being trialed by a number of spinners, fabric manufacturers, and brands worldwide, the manufacturer reports.
According to the company, the recent advent of CoolVisions dyeable polypropylene filament has added a whole new level of aesthetic and performance possibilities to the WoolVisions repertoire.
Global Merinoâ€™s original collection of WoolVisions fabrics was well-received by the likes of Mountain Hardwear, Backcountry, Mission Workshop, and Hincapie. Fernandezâ€™ latest collection knits CoolVisions polypropylene filament with WoolVisions merino/polypropylene staple, or with merino wool alone, in clever constructions that place the polypropylene filament against the skin, keeping the wearer even drier and more comfortable.
On the wovens side, dyeable WoolVisions brings its thermal and moisture-management qualities to the flannel shirt, a perennial favourite of outdoorists and hipsters alike. HerMin Textile Companyâ€™s woven yarn-dyed heritage plaids blending cotton, CoolVisions and wool offer heat retention with lightweight comfort. â€œThe weight is perfect for a classic shirt jacket worn as an excellent mid-layer, utilising all the benefits of this natural+functional blend,â€ commented marketing director Courtney Cruzan.
Chia Her Industrial Group, a vertically-integrated Taiwanese spinner, weaver, and dyer, describes its WoolVisions woven plaids as possessing cotton-like qualities that are both lightweight and soft, with breathable and thermal features. The moment one wears it, will feel instant warmth against the skin. It is itch-free and can naturally regulate moisture while maintaining warmth, said Stella Lee, of Chia Herâ€™s marketing group. Chia Herâ€™s WoolVisions yarns are custom spun for knitting or weaving in blends using 30% or more CoolVisions polypropylene staple.
With more top makers and spinners seeing the merits of WoolVisions, they are well on their way to introducing this unique product to a global audience.
According to Susan Lynn, global sales/marketing manager for CoolVisions, further development of WoolVisions yarns is ongoing internationally at Peignage DuMortier in France, the Schoeller Spinning Group in Austria, SÃ¼dwolle in Germany, and Patrick Yarns in the US.
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