At the ongoing Première Vision Fabrics show in Paris, British textile manufacturer Heathcoat Fabrics launched its new range of flame-retardant dress fabrics, which incorporates the company’s innovative ‘Flare-Free’ technology.
The Heathcoat 1808 brand of dress nets, tulles and costume fabrics incorporates the Flare-Free technology that has been independently tested to conform to EN71 part 2 standard, and even exceeds the highly tough flammability requirements of the nightwear standard BS5722. To demonstrate the product’s capabilities, the company displayed a video, in which a child’s costume purchased in the UK was burnt, and alongside a similar costume with Flare-Free dress net was set ablaze. While the costume with no protection to flame burned down completely in no time, the one with Flare-Free did not burn.
The textile manufacturer will be making a range of these fabrics available for consumers under their Zero4 brand as well. This technology has been in development for eight years to create fabrics with less than 20 parts per million of formaldehyde, which is a non-detectable level. “While formaldehyde has been used for decades in washing powders and clothing, it is flammable, emits carbon monoxide when heated, and has been found to be toxic and corrosive,” explained Philip Wignall, Business Manager, Heathcoat Fabrics at the Première Vision Fabrics show.
Included in the new product offering, are the new zero formaldehyde soft dress net for children’s clothes; stiffer Flare-Free tulles for bridal gown, prom dresses and tutu; dance and fashion dress nets; locknits, textures and technical fabrics, including their own-brand 3D spacetec fabrics in a range of new colour and surface combinations.