- A Swiss inventor made this product & offered the Trade name VELCRO, comes from the French word VELOUR (velvet) & crochet.
- Consists of 2 nylon tapes, one having a surface of loops & the other having surface of hooks. When pressed together, two tapes adhere & cannot be opened by side way turn easily open by upward turns.
- This trimming is used instead of buttons or zippers.
- It is available in the market in roll form. Most common width 5/8” to 3/4”.
- Used in shoes, belts, money bags, bags, suitcase, sportswear, children, medical textiles etc.
- Mostly used in the garments of paralyzed persons’.
- ‘VELCRO’ is also a famous brand for Hook & Loop Fastening.
- Not suitable for light weight garments, due to high thickness.
- Efficiency reduces due to dirt, dust & materials deposited in the hook or loops.
- The possibility of fabric damage.
- Not comfortable to wear due to less flexibility of tape.
Evolution of zipper:
- Zipper is the brainchild of Mr. Whitcomb Judson.
- It was introduced in 1893 at the Chicago World’s Fair, then with the name ‘Clasp Locker’.
- Gideon Sundback, an electrical engineer, who was hired to work for the company designed the modern zipper in 1913.
- B.F. Goodrich Company renamed it as ‘Zipper’.
- Initially during 1930, zippers were featured in child clothing complementing them for helping children to dress up quickly & by themselves.
- Zippers came into limelight in 1937 through the French fashion designers who used them on men’s trouser.
- Esquire magazine described the zippers as ‘Newest Tailoring Idea for Men’.
- The next big boost for zippers came when they were used on jackets and could be opened on both ends. Read the rest of this entry