LYCRA® fiber is the brand name of the original spandex (elastane) fiber invented in 1958. It is a nearly invisible fiber that improves the characteristics of fabrics. Even adding a small percentage of LYCRA® fiber to natural and man-made fibers adds lasting comfort, fit, shape retention and durability to the finished fabric.
It’s neither. LYCRA® is a fiber that is combined with other fibers to create fabrics used in many of the clothes you wear, including activewear, legwear, intimates, swimwear and ready-to-wear apparel.
LYCRA® fiber is a synthetic, or man-made fiber.
The LYCRA Company innovates and produces fiber and technology solutions for the apparel and personal care industries. Headquartered in Wilmington, Delaware, The LYCRA Company is recognized worldwide for its innovative products, technical expertise, and unmatched marketing support. The LYCRA Company owns leading consumer and trade brands: LYCRA®, LYCRA HyFit®, LYCRA® T400® , COOLMAX®, THERMOLITE®, ELASPAN®, SUPPLEX®, and TACTEL®. The LYCRA Company legacy stretches back to 1958 with the invention of the original spandex yarn, LYCRA® fiber. Today, The LYCRA Company is focused on adding value to its customers’ products by developing unique innovations designed to meet the consumer’s need for comfort and lasting performance. For more information, visit thelycracompany.com.
The LYCRA Company, owner of the LYCRA® brand, is a global company with a presence in more than 14 countries around the world. LYCRA® fiber is made in several different countries in order to meet demand and provide exemplary customer service to the fabric mills, designers and brands in a particular region.
Currently there are more than 200 differentiated fibers with the LYCRA® brand name. Each one is designed to deliver unique attributes and desirable benefits to apparel from innerwear to outerwear.


LYCRA® fiber is the trademarked brand name of a class of synthetic elastic fibers known as spandex in the U.S., and elastane in the rest of the world. Any company that produces generic, or non-brand name elastic fibers, refers to them as spandex or elastane. These terms are interchangeable and there is no difference between them, but only The LYCRA Company produces authentic LYCRA® brand fibers.
No, LYCRA® fiber is a premium, brand name fiber that belongs to a class of synthetic fibers known as spandex or elastane. There is only one LYCRA® brand, which is trademarked and owned by The LYCRA Company. LYCRA® brand fiber is renowned worldwide for its industry-leading innovations, as well as its quality and durability.
Leading brands and designers from around the world in virtually every apparel segment use LYCRA® fiber to add unique performance benefits to their garments.
Look for our LYCRA® logo on the hangtag, or the LYCRA® brand name on the label, or contact the manufacturer.
Follow the manufacturer’s instructions in caring for garments containing LYCRA® fiber. In the absence of instructions, wash or dry-clean according to the major fiber component in the fabric.


LYCRA® fiber lasts the life expectancy of the garment as long as you follow its care instructions. Its benefits are permanent and don’t wash out.
LYCRA® fiber enhances each fabric and garment in which it is used, providing a comfortable fit wash after wash, perfect shape move after move, lasting performance time after time, and ultimate durability day after day.