How is Lurex made?

Lurex is the registered trademark name for a type of yarn with a metallic appearance. The yarn is made from synthetic film.

Lurex Manufacture

Lurex fibres are basically metallic fibres covered with polyester film. This stops the metal from tarnishing and staining the fabric that it is incorporated in. The metal that is used is generally aluminium but the film over the top can be coloured many colours to create different effects.

Lurex is manufactured using a laminating process. This is where the metallic fibres are placed between two layers of Polyamide. Polyamide is the most common film used, but sometimes polyester or Viscose are used instead. The application of heat and pressure seals the Metal inside. These fibres are then cut into lengthwise strips and wound onto bobbins ready to be used.

Lurex was first developed in 1945 in the US and has since been modified so that it has improved performance. For example, the coating means that it is no longer corrosive. Usually a lubricant is added in the final finishing stages so that the fibres are more flexible and versatile.

Properties of Lurex

  • Glittery appearance
  • Should be dry cleaned
  • Flexible
  • Versatile
  • Not affected by salt water
  • Usually blended with other fibres
  • Dye Resistant
  • Very Strong
  • Chemical Resistant
  • Electrical Conductor

End uses of Lurex

  • Apparel Fabric
  • Embroidery
  • Braiding
  • Knitting
  • Military Regalia
  • Trimmings
  • Ropes
  • Cords
  • Lace
  • Lame
  • Brocade
  • Eveningwear
  • Dance Costumes

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Written by Kelly Mitchell

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

2 thoughts on “Lurex

  1. plz give me reference for my Msc final year project i want some ideas for my project tittle is lurex blended with cotton notes and sample

  2. Recently my customer used lurex gold thread in cotton fabric. On testing chromium detection reported to be 120 ppm where as allowable limit is 100 ppm.
    Mere cotton fabric do not have chromium detection
    How to reduce the chromium level ?

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