Definitions for "Lycra"
LYCRA® is not a fabric and should not be confused with latex. LYCRA® is a fiber originated by Du Pont and used by them since the late 1950's. It is present in many different kinds of fabrics. LYCRA® is used in combination with all apparel fibers and fiber blends to produce fabrics and garments with stretch and recovery. LYCRA® can be blended with all fibers--natural and man-made. Fabrics with LYCRA® always have the appearance and feel of their major fiber components, such as silk, cotton or nylon. Over its 40 year life, it has shown no problems of skin irritation or sensitization. For use in the aquatic industry, LYCRA® is blended with nylon. This produces a strong stretch fabric that sheds away wrinkles and contributes to excellent comfort and fit. Spandex is the generic industry term for LYCRA®.
a trademarked, synthetic-rubber yarn. In heaping proportions Lycra® can feel awfully clingy (envision thongs among the gym set) but when combined with materials like Cordura®, it can make performance outerwear better fitting and more comfortable.
a fiber that is capable of stretching up to 500% and then bounce back. It is also a trademark for Invista, for a synthetic fabric of the same elasticity property. It is a sort of generically known "spandex".
Showcase for muscle tone, for better or for worse. A Tomorrow's World kind of invention which actually made it into the real world.