Thursday, November 15, 2012

Tencel Leather Substitute in Shoe Materials (1995)

We could see that the surface structure of the first hydroentangled Tencel nonwovens and papers was similar to the fibrillar structure of natural leather and so commenced a collaboration with the Shoe and Allied Trades Research Association to identify any potential for Tencel nonwovens in leather substitutes.  
The information below is from SATRA observing that a variety of applications appeared possible with key properties such as tear and seam strength, absorbency and ability to mould to the foot being noted.  "It could be highly suitable for making lining, insock and, with a coating, even shoe uppers"
It would be interesting to know if any such applications have materialised in the intervening 17 years!

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