TECHNOLOGY | Zeugma® - the details
The Performance Story behind Zeugma®
We at Prancing Leopard Organics have always believed that natural fibers have a greater performance potential than oil-based synthetic chemical fibers. Our new Zeugma® cotton is the first product to reach this goal.
"The moment the people at Zeugma® first described their new process of aligning and tightly interconnecting the cotton fibers to form long, smooth filaments, we knew we were on to something," explains Sevda Holland, the eco-designer behind Prancing Leopard Organics. "Having found shared values, we immediately went into implementation phase. Now we are proud to be the first clothing company worldwide to offer clothing made of Zeugma® cotton."
This is what technicians say Zeugma® achieves through the Zeugma® process:
In conventional cotton fabric, the small hairs or stray fibers on the yarn trap moisture which can not easily escape; that is why they can get soggy when exposed to moisture or sweat. The long, uniform filaments of Zeugma® fabric absorb water more easily and quickly, and moisture is distributed quickly throughout the fabric. That's why our new clothes made of Zeugma® cotton feel dryer and more comfortable when exercising.
Normal cotton takes up to 40% longer to dry than Zeugma® cotton because of moisture trapped in the stray fibers and small hairs. With Zeugma®, the smooth fibers and lack of stray fibers help release moisture more quickly while being worn, enhancing the comfort and providing quicker drying.
Fabric mills normally wash cotton fabric with enzymes to remove lint and stray fibers on the surface of yarns. But enzymes reduce the burst and tear strength of the fabrics markedly. Due to the unique structure of Zeugma® filaments, the surface of the yarn is already lint-free so there is no need for enzyme washing. This, combined with the tight interconnection of the fibers, makes possible the higher burst and tear strength of Zeugma® cotton. Clothing maintains its "like new" appearance much longer.
Resistance to Pilling:
The naturally occurring stray fibers in conventional cotton fabrics can be released through wearing, friction, washing and drying. This is visible as lint in the filter of the dryer, pilling or wear on the surface of the garment, or even forming dust from bedsheets which can activate allergies. In Zeugma® fabrics, the smooth, interconnected filaments formed in the Zeugma process are nearly lint-free, resulting in much less pilling, less lint and less dust. Zeugma® fabric has up to 50% less pilling effect than normal cotton,
Smoother, Brighter-looking Colors:
Conventional cotton fabric has stray fibers and small hairs in the yarn which give the surface a very slight fuzziness. Zeugma® is smoother and more uniform because the long filaments have less stray fibers or hairs. Thus the final fabric has a uniform, clean and bright appearance.
Compared to normal cotton, Zeugma® requires less energy in the manufacturing process. No harmful chemicals or enzymes are used in the production of Zeugma®. Chemical additives are frequently applied to normal cotton to improve moisture-management and appearance. Such treatments are not required for Zeugma® cotton. And Prancing Leopard fabrics are at least 95% organic, which greatly reduces environmental impact.