Japan is a country known for its innovative technologies, particularly in the field of fabrics. The latest feather in its cap is Pollen Resistant Jackets. Apparel manufacturer Sanyo Shokai has released jackets that are pollen resistant. These jackets are made from a fabric that resists water and pollen.
Japan is prone to environmental allergies particularly pollen allergy during the spring time. As gusty wintry winds begin to breeze, and spring birds begin to chirp, high volume of pollens from cypress and cedar trees float across the land and are likely to cause allergies. This is more prevalent in Japan that pollen count has become a part of their weather report. Nearly 50 percent of the Japanese population suffers from pollen allergies. This results in red, itchy eyes and continuous sneezing. This occurs normally during the haying season and is called hay fever. It is a normal sight in Japan to see people walking around with surgical masks and plastic goggles. These allergies not only affect people outdoors, but are contagious to the people indoors also as the pollens settle in their hairs and clothing and are transported inside the house. Pollen Resistant Jackets are developed by Toray, a diversified corporate group who deals with fibres and textiles using nano technology.
The jackets fabric has a high density i.e. smooth surface with very little space between the strings. It consists of a coating of nano-scale molecular assembly on each of the monofilament that forms the fabric. The fabric undergoes a special resin treatment, of Torays nanomatrix technology that enhances its pollen and water resistance ability. This technology is named as NanoMATRIX by Toray. Under this process the material is coated with a material consisting of nano scale molecular assembly on each of the monofilament that is woven into fabric. The application of NanoMATRIX is estimated to lead to the development of new functionalities, and amazing improvements in the existing functions in terms of quality, and durability. This technology is expected to play an integral part in manufacturing fabrics with good quality, durability and resistance without damaging their texture. Coatings are made in the material in the order of 10 to 30nm on the surface, and this controls the state of molecular arrangement on each monofilament in nano-scale sizes. These jackets are available in stores in Japan for around 35,000 40,000 Yen (US$326).
Japan is seeing a rapid advancement in the field of nanotechnology. Pollen resistance jackets will help to restrict the hay fever caused by the allergic pollens of seasonal plants.
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