From offshore industry to fashion
Can a fiber be used both in offshore industry and fashion? With DSM Dyneema, the inventor and manufacturer of Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene (UHMWPE) fiber, and the Dyneema® Project the answer is yes. Have you ever heard about the strongest and most durable lightweight fiber in the world? It is a versatile material discovered by chance in 1963, but it took another 27 years to commercialize and bring it to market. Currently it is used to moor oil rigs, lift buildings and stop bullets.
What does it has to do with fashion? In the future it will make fabrics stronger, lighter, smarter and more durable, and as a thin microfiber, today it can also be woven with other materials to create ultra-strong fabrics that are light, soft, silky and cool to the touch. DSM Dyneema has always collaborated with leading fashion brands and state-of-the-art mills, and today it launches the partnership with Italian denim mill Berto E.G. Industria Tessile S.r.l. and technical yarn spinners Filtes International S.r.l. in order to bridge the gap between fashion and technical clothing worlds. The result is the ultra-strong Dyneema® Denim, which is indestructible and outperforms typical jeans and jackets by a factor of seven in terms of abrasion resistance, durability and tear strength – while still aging like real denim.
Even Australian motorcycling-inspired clothing label Saint uses Dyneema® Denim for its Unbreakable line of pants and jackets: the denim can endure about 30 meters of post-crash slide time over asphalt without ripping, compared to the 4 meters regular denim can handle.