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An elastic fiber produced from latex. Extruded latex, or rubber fibers, were introduced in the 1920s. The solid, round elastic yarns were often woven with other fibers to produce elastic garments and elastic tape. The fibers lost elasticity and became brittle with repeated washing, drying and exposure to ultraviolet light. Elastic fibers made from natural and synthetic rubber (Lastex) were superseded with the introduction of Spandex (1959) and its much superior properties.
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Resources and Citations
- Rosalie Rosso King, Textile Identification, Conservation, and Preservation, Noyes Publications, Park Ridge, NJ, 1985
- Website: www.fabrics.net