26 August 2014

metal-coated fabric

Woven fabric is lightweight, flexible and relatively inexpensive to produce. Adding a thin layer of metal converts a commodity plastic filament – in this case polyester – into a multifunctional material whose properties are both technical and decorative. For example, whereas the reflective properties of metal coatings are used for thermal insulation, here metal-coated and colourful yarns are combined to create bright and dazzling apparel fabrics.