Originally developed as a replacement for rubber, LYCRA®, by DuPont, is remarkable for its ability to stretch many times its original length – and then snap back to its starting size with no loss to its spring. A touch of Lycra adds comfort and freedom of movement and improving the fit, shape retention, drape and wrinkle resistance of the apparel.
There is really no such thing as a commercially available fabric made entirely of Lycra; it’s never used alone, but is always combined with another fiber (or fibers), both natural and man-made. As little as 2 percent Lycra is enough to improve a woven fabric’s movement, drape, and it’s knack for holding its shape. Whatever the blend, fabrics enhanced with Lycra keep the look and feel of the majority fiber