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Everything you need to know about Lycra

You must be familiar with the term Lycra. In fact, you are probably wearing Lycra right now. A lot of fashion brands proudly advertise the presence of Lycra fabric in their apparel. Lycra has incredible elastic properties which makes it a popular choice for manufacturers in the fashion industry. Let’s get you acquainted with some interesting details about Lycra in this article.


What is Lycra?


Lycra (also known as spandex or elastane) is a fully synthetic fibre. Simply explained, it is composed of long chains of monomers that are connected with a special type of acid. One of the standout features of Lycra is its high heat resistance. It’s an excellent addition to heat-sensitive synthetics like polyester and nylon. It also extends up to 600% of its original length without breaking or losing its shape.


Properties of Lycra


There was a time when people led slow lives. There was no haste and no rush. People weren’t involved in too many activities. Waking up early and going to bed early was the routine for most families. Fast forward to today. People in cities proudly wear the badge of a multitasker. They go to the gym in the morning, rush to the office later, return home and perhaps indulge in a few more hobbies and activities before going to bed. 


This resulted in a need for clothes that could effortlessly cater to individuals always on the go. This is where fabrics like Lycra come into the picture. 


Lycra is highly flexible and it enhances the elasticity of stretch fabric. It can be combined with a variety of different fibres, whether natural or synthetic. Lycra is a popular choice for athleisure for women. Its stretchability and flexibility make it an ideal addition to gym wear and athleisure. 

Plus, Lycra is lightweight, breathable and dries quickly. 


Where is lycra fabric used?


Lycra fabric is used in underwear, socks, bras, sports bras, yoga pants, bike shorts, hiking apparel and motion capture suits. Lycra is added to all clothes where stretchability matters. It is an important addition to tight-fitting clothes too. Tight-fitting clothes feel comfortable because of the presence of Lycra. 


Lycra fabric is also used for creating dance costumes as the fabric allows for greater freedom of movement. The US, China, India, Pakistan and Brazil are a few of the major producers of Lycra. China is the biggest exporter of Lycra. 

Washing instructions for Lycra

Here are a few tips to bear in mind when washing your Lycra garments. Check the manufacturer’s label to see if there are specific instructions for washing. Wash by hand or machine if there are no specific instructions.  Opt for a gentle cycle and a mild detergent if using a washing machine.  If you are washing by hand, fill a tub or sink with warm water and add a mild detergent. Gently soak the lycra garment in water and gently rub it to remove dirt. Rinse with clean, cold water till the detergent is completely removed. Dry the garment with a low-temperature dryer or lay the fabric on a dry, flat surface away from direct heat sources. Avoid ironing Lycra fabric as the heat may damage the elastic fibres.



Lycra fabric is widely popular, thanks to its stretchability and flexibility. Whether you're hitting the gym, lounging by the pool, or looking for a comfortable everyday outfit, Lycra is a reliable choice that meets the demands of modern fashion and active lifestyles.

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