Avelana and Roudiere – a French fabric house – have been working on The Next Big Thing. They aren’t creating a new fabric. They have spent some years developing “nano technology” to glue onto existing fabric, enhancing it’s capabilities.
Microcapsules are grafted to a fabric. The magic voodoo in the microcapsules becomes solid when in a cold environment and turns liquid when in a warm environment. This translates to making the fabric feel warmer to the wearer when he or she is out in cold weather. And the wearer feels cooler in a warm climate.
The Klimeo thermo-regulating fabric can be used with any pure or mixed wool fabrics. Australian Wool Innovation who help sheep make Australian Merino wool have been working on the KLIMEO project with Avelana and Roudiere. You wouldn’t be able to tell the clothes were “nano-enhanced” just by looking. It would look like normal wool suits. But you should be able to feel it! The basic difference is that you wouldn’t have to bulk up to commute to work. Just throw on your suit and be comfortable outside waiting for a train and just as comfortable when inside your office. It actually seems a bit freaky. One gets so used to “bundling up” – it’s psychological as well as physical. But once you get over the idea that you might not be wearing enough, it will become normal. I’ve noticed I wear less with fleece. This new nano fabric will result in a similar reaction. The only thing that worries me is the itch.
Written by Cecilia