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Warp Knitting/​Crochet

Cifra highlights monomaterials and durability at Performance Days

Italian Warp Knit Seamless leader will present novel prototype garments for sportswear made from new yarn compositions in Munich.

28th September 2023

Knitting Industry
 |  Milan


Sustainability in terms of materials and production process, but above all durability, are the foundations on which the design of a new generation of sportswear garments by Cifra has been developed. The novel garments are made from regenerated and bio-based fibres, as well as monomaterials like recycled polyamide 6 and 6.6 (pre and post-consumer).

“In fact, the use of the patented WKS technology makes it possible to produce garments with high mechanical elasticity, even in the absence of elastomer. In this way, in addition to ensuring optimal fit and comfort, they are 100% recyclable,” says Cifra CEO, Cesare Citterio.

© Cifra

“A system that guarantees the performance, comfort and technicality of Cifra's sports garments, which takes their sustainable value to the next level and anticipates future international regulations on textile recycling that in the coming years will impose a virtuous system to protect the environment and the value chain.”

In bio-based fibres, among the most innovative fibre used is Sensil ByNature, a nylon 6.6 that uses Biomass Balance (BMB) technology by replacing fossil based raw materials with renewable ones. Derived from biogas produced from organic waste, the yarn is a first for the fashion and sportswear industry, Cifra says. Compared to conventional nylon, in this new approach, renewable resources are used as raw material at the very early stages of the production process, reducing 1400 kg of CO2 equivalent per ton of conventional Nylon 6.6.

© Cifra

“Every stage of the process is monitored, and the entire system is ISCCplus certified,” Cesare Citterio explains. “When it comes to durability, Cifra is conducting extensive independent tests that tend to confirm that warp knitting technology is functional for more durable garments than weft knitting technology.”

When it comes to sustainability, Cifra underlines that the durability of a garment is perhaps the most important, and most concrete point in terms of commitment, for the coming years.

Meet Cifra at Performance Days in Munich, from 4-5 October 2023.

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