‘DECONSTRUCTED’: Exploring Dyneema® Composite Fabrics (Full Film)

‘DECONSTRUCTED’: Exploring Dyneema® Composite Fabrics (Full Film)


I came across Dyneema® fabric on a
rucksack in Japan and it felt like something from outer space
that I’ve never touched or something that I’ve never experienced
before. That’s where it all kind of started really. I am Asim Khan. I’m a creative fabric
and material developer. I develop materials for clients for a specific function or aesthetics. Sometimes the material, or what they are after, does not exist in the market. That’s where I come in, where I put options on the table of what that material could be. What excites me the most is where you can take a material. How you can evolve a material. What you can create with a material. It’s always about looking to the future. Looking to new functions that come up in our world. We have 25 or 30 fabrics that are
commercialized right now that I still think are pretty groundbreaking. We’ve got a few of them here.
We’ve got some waterproof materials. We’ve got some footwear materials and we have some apparel. Breathable, waterproof–I think you can do a lot in that area. Wes, I really like the idea
of this breathable waterproof composite and how it could be brought into
the apparel field. Can you explain a little bit more about this fabric? This is one of the lightest, most breathable articles on the market. It’s our Dyneema® Composite in two directions so it still has a little bit
of bias stretch and it has waterproof breathable membrane bonded to the back.
This has a really light, non-woven over the face but we could put other
materials over the face if we needed to to get some color or protect the Dyneema®. We could apply this to nylon or polyester. I can see it in a lightweight
packable jacket which is twice as light as anything available on the market. Cool, sounds good. One of the most exciting projects I
worked on was the Harris Tweed project. Working with heritage in craftsmanship
and modernity, and bringing the two together that is always something that I
try to do. With Dyneema®, I see it as a tool to evolve these fabrics that I’m
talking about from the past. It’s about taking something that exists
and then combining it with Dyneema® to give it a new perspective both from a
functional process but also from an aesthetic process – so it’s like the
future and the past coming together to create a new narrative for a new
customer. That’s the wool bonded to a TPU outer
with Dyneema® Composite in the middle. Very interesting. Especially
with the transparency of the Dyneema® and how it ghosts apart and coming through.
But how do we take it into apparel? I think this is a really interesting area
that we should look into. That’s a good idea we’ve done some
combinations with lighter and waterproof breathables with wool. The
Dyneema® Composite is basically the glue that holds everything together. With
the adhesive that’s already present we can bond on the membrane and the wool to the other side. So now we have a really strong, capable, but soft, next to skin item. Okay. I can make a pretty cool apparel product Would you be able to
apply a waterproof coating? Yeah we have partners all over the world that can
help us apply coatings, I think the next stage would be to get
some other types of wool and try applying the same process and see what
works and what doesn’t work. Yeah, I’m game. Let’s do it. Okay. What I find exciting about the Dyneema® fabric is that it can enhance the property of a
material. We used it with ECCO Leather. Leather when it’s cut so thin,
the strength of the leather is very low, so then when you apply the Dyneema® it
creates a lighter weight leather with strength but then the texture of the Dyneema® comes through onto the leather and it
creates a new type of material or composite leather which has a texture
that had not existed before in leather. You remember we did these first tests
yeah with Japanese paper which were great because you had
the paper and then you had the Dyneema® fiber bonded to the Dyneema® and you had
a nice texture coming through. Yeah. I think that incorporating natural fibers into our process, because Dyneema® Composite Fabrics give us the strength we can do so much with all these other alternate natural fibers. Yeah.
I know we came up with an obstacle here regarding the durability
of it. I think with the paper I really don’t mind the durability story. It’s just we’ve got to find some place to put it into play. I think a garment or some cool carry product would be pretty amazing out of this stuff.
It’s still super strong even though it’s got paper on the face,
I think that this would just blow people’s minds The concept is there we just have
to finish it now and find a few uses for it. Yeah exactly.

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