Aramid refers to a group of strong fire-resistant synthetic fibres. They were first produced in the early 1960’s and the technical name is ‘aromatic polyamide.’ These fabrics are generally used for protective clothing such as safety clothes and Extreme Sportswear. Kevlar and Nomex are both types of Aramid fabrics. The fabrics are very protective as well as providing air-filtration, thermal and electrical insulation. These properties mean that the fabrics also serve very well in both aerospace and military applications, for body armour and other uses. Aramid fibres are produced in a chemical reaction and then the polymers are spun to create a solid fibre from the liquid blend.

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Kelly Mitchell, extremely competent and reliable, she is currently in her third year at the University of Lincoln UK, studying Fashion. Kelly is responsible for the Fabrics, Fibers and Leathers sections of our Dictionary

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