It is a special type of synthetic microporous rubber known as polychloroprene. It was developed by scientists of DuPont company which produced the fabric under the same name as early as at the beginning of the XX century. Its creation was aimed at developing a substitute for natural rubber which would be resistant to chemical substances. Nowadays neoprene has been gaining popularity due to a combination of unique properties which are lacking in the majority of fabrics used in garment manufacture.
The material is commonly used in diving, industrial production, medicine, sports and manufacturing fashionable clothes for adults. Usually the fabric is used for making wetsuits, intended for underwater diving. Also one can’t do without it in such water activities as surfing, diving, rafting and underwater hunting. In the medical field foam rubber is applied for making bandages, supporting and upholstery elements, belts. Lately leading clothes designers have admitted that rubber is irreplaceable in manufacturing trendy clothes, which should have the best properties and collect only favorable comments. Besides, it is selected for making fancy headwear and accessories: belts, handbags, knapsacks, gloves, wallets and many other items.
Examples of finished products of Neoprene: