Thursday, May 11, 2017

Certain two-way stretch polyester/rayon/ spandex twill weave fabric added to DR-CAFTA short supply list

The Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements ("CITA") has determined that certain two-way stretch polyester/rayon/spandex twill weave fabric, as specified below, is not available in commercial quantities in a timely manner in the CAFTA-DR countries. The product will be added to the list in Annex 3.25 (short supply list) of the CAFTA-DR Agreement in unrestricted quantities.

Specifications: Two-way Stretch Polyester/Rayon/Spandex Twill Weave Fabric

HTS: 5515.11.00

Fiber Content: 69-75% polyester; 20-26% rayon, 2-8% spandex

Warp: Plied polyester/rayon staple with spandex filament

Filling: Plied textured polyester filament with spandex filament

Thread count: 47.2-51.2 warp ends per linear cm (120-130 warp ends per linear inch); 35.43-39.37 filling ends per linear cm (90-100 filling ends per linear inch)

Fabric weight: 194 to 206 grams per meter squared (5.7 to 6.1 ounces per square yard)

Finishing process: Softened

Coloration: Piece dyed, yarn dyed, bleached and printed

Performance Criteria

Dimensional Stability/Shrinkage (AATCC 135): +/-3%

Colorfastness to Laundering (AATCC 61): >/= 4.0 color change; >/= 3.5 staining for light colors (3.0 for dark colors)

Colorfastness to Crocking (AATCC 8): >/= 4.0 dry; >/= 3 wet for light colors (2.5 for dark colors).

Note: The yarn size designations describe a range of yarn specifications for yarn before knitting, dyeing and finishing of the fabric. They are intended as specifications to be followed by the mill in sourcing yarn used to produce the fabric. Dyeing, finishing and knitting can alter the characteristic of the yarn as it appears in the finished fabric. This specification therefore includes yarn sizes provided that the variation occurs after processing of the greige yarn and production of the fabric. The specifications for the fabric apply to the fabric itself prior to cutting and sewing of the finished garment. Such processing may alter the measurements.

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