Extremely warm brushed fabric that exhibits ultra-elasticity in all four directions fitting to the movement of your body.
Such a special fabric can’t be manufactured without the special machine owned by Washio Co., Ltd. based in Kakogawa City, Hyogo Prefecture.
In 1970, the company succeeded to develop its unique brushing techniques after having improved the knitting machine originally for producing socks, a local industry there. This patented manufacturing method can produce exceptionally warm and soft fabrics.
To our surprise, those machines are also maintained and improved by the company’s craftsmen. Whenever necessary, they newly design and process parts by themselves, making those machines applicable to the production of various items.
The fabric’s exceptional functionality is proven by the fact that the late Naomi Uemura, an adventurer who achieved the first ascent as a Japanese of the world’s highest peak, Mount Everest adopted socks made of the same material during his challenge to cross Antarctica.
Warm brushed fabric with high stretchability. As the item best suited for this material, we selected THE Sweat Zip up Hoodie. This sweatshirt has a unique garment design that fits body movements and posture. And while having a basic look, it brings the best wear comfort without losing shape as you move.
THE MONSTER SPEC® “WARM SWEAT” ZIP UP HOODIE is a highly functional sweatshirt that maximizes the characteristics of the pattern and fabric.
The secret of elasticity lies in the combination of the special manufacturing method and the materials.
While forming a coarsely knitted fabric with warm wool and acrylic, we interweave three different types of elastic yarns: nylon, polyester, and polyurethane. This elaborate process creates a highly flexible fabric hardly found in other brushed fabrics.
After that, by applying steam to both sides of it, the knitted fabric is heat-compressed to about half the original size. That is to say, the finished fabric has a nearly double stretch width in theory.
We have achieved a sweatshirt with the ultimate comfort that expands and contracts freely in any direction.
As the name suggests, brushed fabric has fluff on the surface. One problem with ordinary methods for manufacturing it is the difficulty to stand only the surfacing fibers, resulting in the loops (yarns) of the knitted fabric to be destroyed.
The brushed fabric of THE MONSTER SPEC® “WARM SWEAT” ZIP UP HOODIE is made by scratching only the loop surface using a specially-designed brush. Because warm air stays not only between the fibers but also inside the loops, the heat retention is about 1.5 times compared to that of ordinary brushed acrylic fabrics. Since it contains air, the sweatshirt enjoys the advantage of being much lighter than other clothing with the same heat retention.
Another problem with ordinary brushed fabrics is that the cut ends of yarns stick out, giving a tingling sensation when touched. Our special manufacturing method does not require cutting the loops so the fabric can be finished smooth and comfortable to the touch. It is so sturdy that the hairs do not come off easily and endures many years use without losing its function or appearance.
The sewing and patterning are provided by Maruwa Textile Industries Co., Ltd.
Maruwa’s sewing technology has been highly acclaimed, and in 2010, their products were selected as the spacecraft clothing by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). Applying their clothing design based on research and advanced sewing techniques, they beautifully tailor the extremely warm brushed fabric having high stretchability.
The result is a new functional sweatshirt created with care for details, such as adopting an original design for the zipper slider.