231024-460RProductSeamless™ Yoga Tights
Technique Seamless knittinig
Technique Seamless knitting
The innovative technique of seamless knitting allows the construction of high-comfort garments with a 360-degree elasticity. The garments are produced through a completely streamlined process that minimises the environmental impact by saving energy and significantly reducing material waste compared to conventional cut-and-sew methods.
Regenerated-fibre yarns are dyed as they are fed into the knitting machine and knitted in finished tube shapes. The pattern designs are digitally transferred directly to the knitting machines which eliminates the need for sewing patterns. Depending on the type of garment, flatlock stitching may be applied at the finishing stage, without compromising the comfort.
The seamless method is use for underwear, activewear and leisurewear, where a soft feel and freedom of movement is desired. With this technique, ARKET has developed a series of women’s yoga trousers and bras with a second-skin fit.
Featuring mesh jacquard panels for increased breathability on perspiration points, ARKET’s seamless designs promote high-performance use. By using a regenerated synthetic fibre with quick-dry and breathable properties, the items move with the body and provide non-restricting support.
All fabrics are naturally ‘breathable’ and permeable to vapour, to some
extent. The small gaps in a knit or weave let air pass through so that
perspiration can evaporate. Warm and moist air will always move towards
dry and cold air until there is equilibrium, meaning the same level of
heat and humidity on both sides of the material. Because the body is
normally warmer than the air outside the garment, the heat and
perspiration are pushed outwards.
Water-resistant coatings or laminations prevent vapour being transmitted through the material, and the heat and perspiration are trapped inside the garment. ’Breathability’ is achieved by pores in the coating that are smaller than rain droplets but larger than the vapour molecules. A breathable fabric protects the skin from getting wet (and cold), to retain the body heat, but is simultaneously able to release moisture to prevent dampness. The term ‘breathable’ is thus always used in relation to ‘water-proof’ or ‘water-resistant’.
Wicking is the ability of a textile to absorb moisture from the skin and transport it from the inside of the fabric to the outer surface, where it evaporates in the surrounding air. ‘Quick-dry’ means that the moisture spreads across the fabric, over a large surface area, for rapid evaporation. The wicking and quick-dry function is essential for base layers and next-to-skin garments.
The effect can be achieved in two ways. Either a hydrophilic softener (a chemical finish) is used to attract moisture to the fibres, which increases the material’s ability to absorb and distribute moisture throughout the fabric, and can be said to be the opposite of water-repellency. The other alternative is to use a hydrophobic functional yarn, such as filament polyester and nylon. The poor absorbance of these fibres forces the moisture to move along the length of the yarn and flow out through the material.