Far-infrared (FIR) fibres have long been used in making thermal protective garments, but they are traditionally processed with FIR ceramic powder made of chemicals. Chemical treatments degrade FIR yarn strength, making production difficult and expensive while weakening product durability that results in poor hand feel. Long-term skin contact with the powdered chemicals can be hazardous to human body.
Established in 2006, The Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel (HKRITA) is funded by the Innovation and Technology Commission of the HKSAR government, and hosted by The Hong Kong Polytechnic University.
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