Development and Application of Computer Jacquard Knitted Fabrics for Sportswear

Computer jacquard machine has been used for quite a long time in the history of the textile industry. In the early days, it was mainly used to show fabric patterns. However, computer jacquard machine has a minimum repeat which provides the width and height of patterns, and is able to meet the characteristics of the entire body. Therefore, apart from showing fabric patterns, it can also use for other purposes. Yet,

the key lies in having both the knowledge of the machine and fabric design-related expertise!

In recent years, the core capabilities of Taiwan’s textile industry has shifted from fashion trends in the early days to performance textiles, thereby leading to the use of computer jacquard machines, which was originally used to show fabric patterns, and was later extended to the concept of body mapping design required for sportswear. The most original concept of body mapping design originates from the non-uniformity of heat loss mechanisms in the human body. For sports or outdoor fabrics, changes in fabric composition have to be made to single bodies in order to meet the heat loss and insulation requirements needed for sweating map and thermal map. On the other hand, the minimum repeat of computer jacquard knitted fabric patterns can satisfy the entire body; therefore, it is quite suitable for the design of body mapping.


Many knitted fabric manufacturers in Taiwan combine computer jacquard fabrics and the concept of body mapping design, and use this combination in sportswear, and one of these manufacturers is Eclat Textile Co., Ltd., which is a representative enterprise specializing in the production of flexible performance knitted fabrics and apparel. During the 2018 Taipei Innovative Textile Application Show, Eclat Textile Co., Ltd. not only applied computer jacquard knitted fabrics to the body mapping design for sportswear, but also transformed the original computer jacquard knitted fabric function (air permeable pores) into fashion design under the trend of combining functionality with fashion, creating extremely creative fabric designs in the process!


Source: 2018 Taipei Innovative Textile Application Show
AerojaqTM enables the design of different pore sizes on the same fabric for perspiration levels at different body parts

The AerojaqTM single-sided computer jacquard technology focuses on lightweight and breathability, and uses one-way moisture transfer fabric design to transfer moisture to the outer layer and remove moisture from the body, thereby achieving the function of moisture management. AerojaqTM enables the design of different pore sizes on the same fabric for perspiration levels at different body parts based on the concept of body mapping design, thereby creating breathable and fashionable fabrics.


In addition, Eclat Textile Co., Ltd. uses pores for ventilation purposes to design irregular twist patterns through fabric design . Pores in this type of fabric do not look as obvious as those in general performance breathable fabrics, thereby making apparel functional and fashionable at the same time.


Source: 2018 Taipei Innovative Textile Application Show
AeroaqTM transforms the original design of breathable pores into fashionable irregular twist design

CrossjaqTM is another jacquard knitted fabric developed by Eclat Textile Co., Ltd. using rib jacquard knitting machine, where single layers are interlaced with double layers onto a piece of fabric, so that the surface of the fabric comprises the touch and change of three-dimensional texture. The inner part of the fabric is smoother than general computer jacquard fabrics, such that the wearer feels comfortable with a foreign body sensation.



Source: 2018 Taipei Innovative Textile Application Show