Fabrics from Austria

Not many bodywear companies in Europe use fabrics of their own production. We are proud to have settled our own fabric manufacturing plant ARULA under the roof of HUBER Holding at the Mäder production site in Vorarlberg. 95 per cent of the fabrics we use as the HUBER brand have been developed and produced specifically for us.

ARULA is the leading specialist for circular knitted fabrics made of natural fibers and cellulose-based chemical fibers. Through our own production, we achieve “tailor-made” solutions in the highest quality. This applies to the fabrics entirely produced by us as well as our commission finishing activities. In all cases, ARULA guarantees sustainable production in Austria.

The best results are achieved through know-how in all areas, professional quality assurance systems, modern laboratory equipment and the passion for textiles. More than 2600 tonnes of various fabrics are knitted every year in Mäder.

FABRICS AND FIBERS

Cotton - Plant Fibers

Natural plant fibers – soft – skin-friendly – high moisture absorption – very durable – no felt – moth resistant

Origin and production

  • The cotton plant is a shrub to tree-like plant and belongs to the mallow family
  • Size varies depending on type and climate: 25cm - 2m
  • A cotton capsule contains about 30 seeds, each of which contains 2,000 to 7,000 seed hairs

Characteristics of cotton fibers

  • Cotton varieties are divided into staple lengths with respect to the average fiber length
  • The staple length is the most important quality characteristic
  • By combing, the short fibers are separated from the long ones.
  • We call this cotton “combed cotton”.

Fineness, stability and touch

  • Cotton is one of the finest fibers
  • The longer the fiber, the finer the cotton in general
  • The finer the fiber, the softer the touch of the cotton
  • Cotton has good stability in relation to its fineness

Color and sheen

  • Depending on the origin, the color is white, creamy, slightly yellowish or brownish
  • The sheen is generally matte
  • Valuable varieties can have a silky sheen


CELLULOSE-BASED CHEMICAL FIBERS

Origin and production of celluloid fibers

  • The raw material is cellulose. It is predominantly made of wood from the spruce and beech trees or from waste from cotton spinning
  • With the aid of sodium hydroxide solution and carbon disulfide, the cellulose is liquefied into a spinning mass, then pressed through nozzles and spun into filaments
  • Due to the natural raw material, cellulose-based chemical fibers are very similar to cotton

VISCOSE

Soft, silky touch – skin-friendly – high moisture absorption – very good color brilliance – cooling in summer – elegant look

Origin and production of viscose

  • The process for producing viscose is the viscose spinning process
  • After solidification, the dissolved cellulose is again present as cellulose, which is why one also refers to regenerated cellulose

MODAL

Very soft, smooth touch– skin-friendly – high moisture absorption and wicking – very good color brilliance – elegant look – keeps its shape – more resistant and more durable than viscose – excellent wash and care properties

Origin and production of modal

  • Modal fibers are modified viscose fibers
  • They are produced in a modified viscose spinning process with further chemicals
  • They have a higher strength and improved use properties compared to viscose

LYOCELL-TENCEL®

Super smooth and soft – perfect moisture transport – resists sweat – bacteria-free – skin-friendly – environmentally friendly

Lyocell - the functional fibers from nature

  • Revolutionary production
  • The solvent is recycled nearly 100% and is therefore highly ecological
  • More environmentally friendly than cotton, polyester and polyurethane
  • Wood from sustainable forestry and plantations
  • More absorbent than cotton, softer than silk, cooler than linen
  • Excess moisture is evenly absorbed and wicked away
  • With its smooth structure, the fiber is particularly soft and silky on the skin. No skin irritation. 
  • Bacteria have no opportunity to multiply through perfect moisture management

MICROFIBER (SYNTHETIC CHEMICAL FIBER)

Light – soft – silky look – very good color brilliance – durable – rapid moisture absorption and wicking – optimal comfort – easy-care

Origin and production of micro fibers

  • The term "microfibers" refers to all extremely fine-spun chemical fibers that are finer than silk
  • Ten thousand meters weigh only a single gram
  • Yarns are finely stranded filament or spun yarn fibers, which can also be processed mixed with cotton, viscose, wool or silk

ELASTANE (SYNTHETIC CHEMICAL FIBER)

Very elastic – extremely stretchy – resists sweat – more durable than rubber – exact fit – retains its shape stability

Origin and production of elastane

  • Produced from at least 85% polyurethane

COMMON FIBER BLENDS

  • Cotton - elastane
  • Viscose - elastane
  • Lyocell - elastane
  • Modal-cotton-elastane
  • Viscose - modal- elastane
  • Cotton - modal
  • Cotton - polyester

Blends with elastanel

Adding small amounts of elastane gives the product elasticity, and hence significantly improves wearing comfort.

Natural fibers with synthetic chemical fibers

The high tensile strength and abrasion resistance, the good elasticity and the easy care properties, paired with the exceptional wearing comfort lead to optimal properties. 

Combination of cotton – cellulose-based chemical fibers

The softness and high absorbency of cellulose-based chemical fibers as well as the possibility of aligning the fineness and staple length of the fibers make them the optimal blending partners.