What Is Lycra Made Of?


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Lycra is a man-made fiber that includes synthetic polymers. Although the exact content of Lycra is a trade secret, according to the Royal Society of Chemistry, the United Kingdom's professional association of chemists, the manufacturer calls Lycra an elastane fiber.

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What Is Lycra Made Of?
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Many types of clothing contain Lycra, but the fiber usually makes up only a portion of the fabric content of a garment, depending on the amount of elasticity that is needed. Swimwear often contains as much as 60 percent Lycra to make the bathing suits close fitting and stretchable. According to Invista, a Lycra fiber stretches up to seven times its original length.

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