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.

Step 1: Spinning

Ultrafine polyester microfibers are spun and cut into short staple lengths. They are also treated to take dye beautifully but remain stain-resistant.

Step 2: Wet-Lay Process

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.

Step 3: Entanglement

High-pressure water jets cause the microfibers to entangle or mesh with the scrim and bond to each other.

Step 4: Binding with Polyurethane

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.

Step 5: Buffing

The fabric surface is buffed with fine sandpaper to create a soft, sensuous suede-like hand.

Step 6: Dyeing and Finishing

Colorfast dyes are used to saturate TapiSuede with long-lasting color. The fabric is finished with stain-resistant, anti-static and water repellent agents.