About LYCRA® fiber FAQs
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 customer’s products by developing unique innovations designed to meet the consumer’s need for comfort and lasting performance. For more information, visit the LYCRA Company's website.
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 outwear and in personal care products.