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Swiss textile major Schoeller develops cork fabric

Natural fibers and bluesign wool-based textiles are the focus of Schoeller Textil’s 2017 summer collection. Bluesign textiles provide effective moisture transportation, temperature regulation, and heat retention. Schoeller Textil is a Swiss-based company which specialises in functional fabrics and textile technologies for active sports, fashion and work wear.

The company has developed a corkshell technology. This offers much higher thermal insulation than functional fabrics along with high breathability and wearer comfort. With corkshell, it is now possible to combine the outstanding natural features of cork with those of high-performance fabrics.

Corkshell is made of a natural granulate that is a by-product in the production of wine corks. This natural granulate is pulverized and combined with the fabric in a patented process from Schoeller. Two corkshell options are available. One is a two-layer fabric construction with a cork coating on the inside of the fabric. The other is a three-layer fabric construction in which the cork coating is between a stretchy, water and wind repelling surface fabric and a highly breathable lining that can be adapted to the requirements of weather conditions.

Corkshell fabrics are soft, lightweight and offer natural antimicrobial properties. In addition, they offer high wearer comfort and aid in moisture and odor management.


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