What is Scuba Fabric?

Posted by Wicked Fabrics - Vivi Richards on 6th Nov 2023

What is Scuba Fabric?

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Scuba fabric has gained immense popularity in the fashion industry. This lofty double-knit material is predominantly composed of polyester fibres, lending it a unique set of attributes that make it a favourite among fashion brands. Let's dive into the details to understand what sets scuba fabric apart.

Composition and Stretch: Scuba fabric primarily consists of 95% polyester and 5% spandex. This blend grants the fabric a two-way stretch, allowing it to accommodate various body movements comfortably. Its horizontal stretch ranges from 30% to 50%, making it incredibly adaptable.

Body and Drape: One of the standout features of scuba fabric is its remarkable body and drape. With a full-bodied presence on both sides, this fabric provides structure and shape to garments. Its low-lustre sheen adds a touch of sophistication to the overall appearance.

Versatility in Fashion: Scuba fabric has found its way into countless fashion pieces. From tops and pants to skirts and dresses, it's a versatile choice for both casual and formal wear. The fabric's unique attributes contribute to its widespread use, providing a modern, polished look when worn.

Notable Comparison: Scuba fabric is often compared to neoprene due to its similar hand feel. However, it's important to note that neoprene is technically foam, not a fabric, and lacks the malleability of scuba. Scuba's adaptability and stretch set it apart as a great choice for clothing.

A Sustainable Perspective: It's worth mentioning that, while scuba fabric has its merits, we no longer stock it in our online store. After years of self-education and a commitment to sustainability, we've chosen to curate fabrics that align more closely with our environmental ethos. As technology advances, this decision may evolve, but for now, we're focused on offering materials that are gentler on our planet.

Scuba fabric remains a fascinating and sought-after textile in the fashion world, cherished for its unique characteristics. While it may not be part of our current collection, its versatility and distinctive features continue to make it a staple in the fashion industry.

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