Sri Lanka apparel firm to make fleece fabric

Aug 20, 2009 (LBO) - Textured Jersey Lanka (TJL), a joint venture between Pacific Textiles and Sri Lankan apparel export group Brandix, said it plans to produce fleece fabric for Victoria’s Secret Pink loungewear brand. The firm also has wide-ranging finishing capabilities such as encapsulation, moisture management, seeding and other customized finishes, the statement said.

The company’s laboratories are accredited by Victoria’s Secret, Marks & Spencer, NEXT and Daddies and have recently been awarded Accredited Lab status by INVISTA, a global producer of polymers and fibres.

"This accreditation recognizes and approves Textured Jersey’s high level of technical expertise to test and self-certify fabrics containing Lycra fibre," the statement said. TJL's 650,000 square-foot facility at Avissawella, south of Colombo, has acquired specialised machinery for the production of fleece fabric, which is a fabric with a thick, heavy surface resembling sheep’s wool.

The fleece fabric will be used in the manufacture of hoodies, a heavy upper-body garment with a hood, and pants for the Pink brand at the Brandix Intimate Apparel plants, enabling the reduction of lead times considerably, the statement said.

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