Teijin Frontier Co, Ltd, the Teijin Group's fibres and products converting company, has developed a new high-absorption, quick-drying fabric suitable for casual wear it says was inspired by the fine structure of diatomaceous earth used in bath mats. 

While conventional polyester fabrics have a smooth woven structure made with uniform fibres, the new fabric has a fine uneven structure made with random fibres. As such, it is said to offer excellent water absorption and diffusion for quick drying and also achieves a natural-like appearance and is stretchable.

Due to increases in double-income and single-person households, demands are rising for products that help to minimise housework, such as washing clothes, Teijin Frontier says. Related to this trend is the increasing popularity of easy-care attire that dries quickly after washing. 

The group will begin selling the new fabric in spring/summer 2021 collections and is targeting annual sales of 50,000 metres in fiscal 2020 and a tenfold increase to 500,000 metres in fiscal 2022.