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Maglificio Ripa introduces antiviral fabrics collection

New collection from Italian circular knitted fabrics producer uses Amni Virus-Bac Off yarn from Fulgar.

4th June 2021

Knitting Industry
 |  Spino d'Adda (CR), Italy


After extensive research and scrupulous laboratory testing, Italian circular knitted fabrics producer Maglificio Ripa, has developed a new generation of fabrics made with Amni Virus-Bac Off yarn from Fulgar, that guarantees permanent anti-viral action and protection from the risk of contamination.

In the near future, the issue of individual protection from viruses and bacteria will also be central to the end of the pandemic in any environment, from the workplace to the gym, the Cremona based knitter says. According to qualified studies, viruses can survive up to at least two days on textile surfaces, Ripa adds. The proton affinity with proteins present on the external surface of the virus structure causes this agent to prevent tissues from becoming a host surface for viruses and bacteria, helping to reduce the risk of contamination.

The technology of the new yarn ensures that the antiviral and antibacterial agent does not migrate onto the skin or into the environment

An independent laboratory tested the antiviral properties of the yarn following the international textile protocols outlined in the ISO 18184 standard (standard for the determination of antiviral activity of textile products).

“The technology of the new yarn ensures that the antiviral and antibacterial agent does not migrate onto the skin or into the environment. Unlike garments treated with dyeing finishes that have limited functionality and lose their function with washing, the antiviral and antibacterial properties of the Amni Virus-Bac Off polyamide are, in fact, permanent, which in turn means benefits for garments in that they remain unchanged over time, confirming the sustainability of the process,” a spokesperson for the company said.

The Amni polyamide fibre, which is soft and easy to wash, is said to also guarantee freshness, and comfort, contributing to the thermal well-being of the wearer.

The fabrics from the special collection, which will be presented in the next few days, retain all the characteristics of Ripa fabrics, such as elasticity, soft to the touch, freshness, and comfort, and are suitable for sportswear, underwear, athleisure, travelwear, and leisurewear.

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