Sabbioneta – Italian warp knitter Cifra has been working with the Rhodia-Solvay Group and Italian fibre firm Fulgar to develop an apparel range produced from the antiviral yarn, Q-Skin.
Q-Skin is powered by Amni Virus-Bac Off, “which guarantees permanent anti-viral activity and therefore protection from the risks of contamination”, CIFRA says.
The group’s two partners in this venture, Rhodia-Solvay and Fulgar, conducted testing of the treated garments to ensure they can effectively mitigate the proliferation of bacteria and viruses.
Viruses, if left unmanaged, can survive up to two days on textile surfaces. In the case of Q-Skin, an electron affinity together with proteins present in the external structure of viruses, causes this agent to prevent tissues from becoming a host surface for viruses and bacteria, thus helping to reduce the risk of contamination.
“The technical characteristic of this new yarn ensures that antiviral and antibacterial agents do not migrate onto the skin or into the environment,” Cifra says. “Unlike garments treated with dyeing finishes that have limited functionality and lose theirs with washing, the antiviral and antibacterial properties of Q-Skin polyamide powered by Amni Virus-Bac Off are permanent, which is an added benefit for garments in that they remain unchanged over time, confirming the sustainability of the production process.
"This special, soft, and easy to wash polyamide fibre also guarantees freshness and comfort, contributing to the thermal well-being of the wearer. WKS technology guarantees the practicality of seamless and warp-knit garments, truly unique in the sector, which is designed to offer differentiated functionality thanks to body-mapping."
The range of garments available includes a base layer, leggings, tops, sweaters, gloves and helmet liners, to provide all-over protection, particularly at a time when society is more hygiene conscious than ever.