Science of TapiSuede
The Science of TapiSuede
TapiSuede is created with advanced textile technology in a process that is highly eco-efficient. Using an advanced recycling process, TapiSuede is made with 84% less energy than that required to produce virgin polyester. This remarkable fabric is green from start to finish because it is manufactured from recycled polyester materials and plastic bottles.
Ultrafine polyester microfibers are spun and cut into short staple lengths. They are also treated to take dye beautifully but remain stain-resistant.
Polyester microfibers are floated in a water bath and then layered on a fine woven scrim. This reinforces the fabric, makes it breathable and also adds drapability.
High-pressure water jets cause the microfibers to entangle or mesh with the scrim and bond to each other.
A soft and supple form of water-dispersed polyurethane is absorbed by the small spaces between the microfibers, adding elasticity and strength to the TapiSuede fabric.
The fabric surface is buffed with fine sandpaper to create a soft, sensuous suede-like hand.
Colorfast dyes are used to saturate TapiSuede with long-lasting color. The fabric is finished with stain-resistant, anti-static and water repellent agents.