The term “zephyr fabric” is not something that you hear every day, but when you learn more about it, you might be surprised at the applications that this fabric offers to the world. Of course, we’ve always interpreted fabrics as something that is just an everyday phenomenon, something that we see and take for granted without giving a second thought to its purpose which is why for most of us, zephyr fabrics have slipped through the cracks largely unnoticed.
At its most basic, a zephyr fabric is a variant of the cassimere – or cashmere – cloth originating in Belgium. Many of us are familiar with cashmere as it adorns some of our prized and exotic assets like scarves. The cashmere, and hence zephyr fabric, is largely a wool-based material from variable sources, most typically animals. Goat skin is the most common source of cashmere and zephyr, but sheep is also used to supply the kind of wool that can be woven into cashmere and zephyr fabric.
Beyond the standard applications of cashmere and zephyr fabric, there are more exotic and more impressive uses for this cloth. For example, some manufacturers are beginning to use zephyr fabric in denim and can even manufacture it is such a way as to render it waterproof.
These applications find extremely great use in clothing or furniture that an individual wants to be waterproof without compromising the eye catching design of the fabric. Already, there are cars that are upholstered with zephyr fabric denim trumping leather in terms of texture and pliability without compromising the waterproof nature, nor the ease with which the material can be cleaned.
Other exotic uses include the possibility of using zephyr fabric for biometric purposes. In early 2012, a company invested in zephyr fabric with the goal of using it in applications that can cater to healthcare, sports, industrial, military and emergency markets. The manufacturer envisions having the cloth as being tagged with biometric sensors that can be used to collect data in the field. Notable uses include arming zephyr fabrics with the ability to track biometric indicators like ECG, heart rate, core temperature, breathing rate, posture and even activity rate.
There is no doubt that the applications presented by zephyr fabric, from the almost mundane version used in cashmere scarves and similar pedestrian clothing, to the futuristic bio-sensing fabric envisioned by many companies, is a boon for mankind. From fashion to function zephyr fabric touches many aspects of human existence, even if most people remain oblivious to its name or existence.
At the end of the day, zephyr fabric will be there to do what we design it to do, and because of that, the world is a better place for each and every one; all because there is zephyr fabric that does its job day in and day out.