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Orta Incorporates Lycra T400 Fiber for New Freecycle Fabrics Collection

Turkish denim mill Orta has incorporated Lycra T400 fiber into its latest denim innovation–Freecycle fabrics–to offer added stretch and durability.

The Lycra Company said the Freecycle fabrics made with Lycra T400 fiber enable denim to keep its original aesthetics and provide multiple benefits, such as eliminating sagging problems at the knee, providing low shrinkage and offering greater stability. These benefits, along with the added stretch, help make the fabrics more comfortable and durable than rigid denim, the company said.

At the same time, Freecycle fabrics provide a natural cotton touch with high strength, thanks to the addition of Lycra T400 fiber. The company said when considering that the short and irregular distribution of staple length in recycled cotton fiber usually leads to a decrease in fabric-strength values, the unique construction of Freecycle fabrics can be “game-changing.”

Lycra T400 fiber is a multi-component yarn in which different polymers are joined together within each filament. When exposed to heat, each polymer shrinks to a different degree, producing a smooth helical crimp. Since the crimp is not mechanically induced, Lycra T400 fiber gives greater, more durable stretch and recovery, as well as a softer, smoother hand than textured yarns.

Orta operates in Turkey with a production capacity of 60 million meters of denim. In reaction to the COVID-19 collection, Orta recently introduced its HERE4GOOD collection with an interactive, collaborative “kit.” This new resource is packed with the information and tools to interact with Orta’s eco-innovation advancements and “built to last” vision.

The digital innovation features “concept boxes,” each with a fabric swatch and information card that includes a QR code. Users can scan the code on their mobile device to view the fabric’s wash gallery and see exactly which washes are available for the specific material, as well as the Lifecycle Assessment (LCA) of the garment.