Pakistan-based denim supplier Artistic Fabric Mills (AFM) has developed a collection of stretch denim fabrics that offer high elasticity and superior recovery and are, it says, tested to guarantee less than 3% growth.

The range of super-stretch fabrics is intended for denim leggings, activewear styles and shapewear without fear of the garments losing their shape after wear.

AFM says it has developed "multiple growth control technologies" in its state-of-the-art spinning facility that enable the new levels of stretch. The <3% low growth fabrics come in various weights and shades as well as popular fibre technologies like Invista DualFX, Lycra Beauty, and CoolMax.

"Fabrics with higher elongation percentages provide amazing movement and comfort but, if not engineered carefully, can result in jeans becoming misshapen after prolonged wearing," explains Hasan Javed, director of Artistic Fabric Mills. "Our <3% low growth fabrics address this issue while offering superior stretch performance even at over 100% stretch."

AFM has the capacity to produce 36m metres of denim fabric per year, of which about half is used in-house and the rest exported to international markets.