Well we had no idea, and hadn't really put two and two together, but after a number of phone calls from various customers, we have learned that our Chikara 30d Ripstop Nylon is perfectly suited to creating compression hosiery application sleeves.
Some of our customers suffering with Lymphedema, causing fluid build up and swelling in their limbs, have been struggling to find suitable sleeves to air with fitting their compression stockings. Not being an expert in the condition myself, I can only go on what I've been listening to so bear with me - My understanding is that with the swelling, the skin is stretching and becoming thinner, weaker, and more sensitive.. so dragging a compression stocking up and over these swollen limbs has a tendency to tear skin, aggravating the condition even more so. These patients are using a sliding sleeve made with Chikara Ripstop Nylon, that allows the sock to slide nicely up their leg, and then the slippery ripstop nylon then slides out from in between the stocking, and the skin, a double layer of ripstop allows the sleeve to stay stationary to the skin whilst the sliding happens against the stocking. Much like a caterpillar track on a digger! Like I say, this is my best understanding so please excuse me if I'm wrong!!
Back to the point - Some of the patients suffering with this, have swelling that is beyond the standard size of these sliding sleeves, so they're approaching us to supply the fabric that is perfectly matched to this application in order for them to have them made up to the size they want.
One of the other enquiries we've had for this fabric used in similar application, are for prosthetic limbs.. really interesting stuff, and even better knowing that the fabric we supply, can be used for making lives that little bit easier!
If you're struggling with similar issues, please get in touch, we have a workshop, industrial sewing machine, and the Chikara Ripstop Nylon.. let's see what we can do!
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