Italian knitted fabrics specialist Maglificio Ripa has made a new generation of antiviral fabrics, following extensive research and robust laboratory testing. The fabrics are made with the new Amni Virus-Bac Off yarn that pledges lasting anti-viral action and therefore protection from risks of infection.
With the pandemic still at large, the issue of individual protection from viruses and bacteria will also be paramount for masses.
The technology of the new yarn safeguards 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 permanent, which means the benefits for garments remain unchanged over time, confirming the sustainability of the process.
The Amni polyamide fibre is soft and easy to wash, and guarantees freshness and comfort, contributing to the thermal well-being of the wearer, the release said.
The fabrics from this collection 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.
According to qualified studies, viruses can survive for up to two days on textile surfaces. 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.
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).