The fiber-product converting company Teijin Frontier Co., Ltd., Tokyo/Japan, has developed a polyester fabric that looks and feels like fine silk. The company envisions various applications for its silk-like material, such as blouses and outers from thin to medium thicknesses.
While high-function materials made with synthetic fibers are recently established as a fashion trend in the market, demand has also been growing for natural-texture materials made with natural fibers. Materials in which delicate fiber fluff is expressed, or fibrillated, on the surface of the fabric for smooth textures, similar to silk or cupro, are becoming popular, but these materials have problems with color fastness in wet condition, yarn strength, color migration, fading due to fluff release and shape loss by washing.
Teijin Frontier has developed interesting processing technologies to produce a new stable, easy-care polyester fabric that boasts the soft texture and fine appearance of silk produced by wild silkworms. This new material’s specially fabricated surface is soft and glossy, holds bright coloring, and resists color migration, shrinkage and shape loss by using polyester fibers with very good color fastness and fiber strength.