BAMBOO

Biodegradable and breathable, our journey with fabrics began with bamboo. And ever since its launch, we can't stop talking about how impressive the fabric is for activewear.

To extract bamboo yarn, first, the leaves and the trunk are crushed to extract cellulose. The resulting pulp is then soaked in an enzymatic solution, washed and spun into yarn.

The yarn's buttery texture feels skin-to-skin. Bamboo's lightweight and stretchability makes it is our go-to fabric for workouts that involve twists, turns, and squats. We use it for our tees and leggings that provide a seamless experience while doing yoga or cross-fit.

When you're sweaty, bamboo wicks moisture away from the skin and helps you stay cool and comfy. It's hypoallergenic properties are an added advantage for sensitive-skin individuals prone to allergies.

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When we were launching our first bamboo fabric, we were clueless about what would be next. Even though we've introduced other fabrics in our collection over the years, Athlos is still synonymous with bamboo. We'd like to believe we took the right call while launching bamboo as it continues to fuel our growth till today!

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EUCALYPTUS

Tencel is a plant-derived fabric that comes from the pulp of trees, mainly eucalyptus. The pulp is dissolved in nontoxic organic solvents to extract the cellulose. Next, this is pushed through fine holes to form the Tencel threads. The extraction follows a closed-loop solvent system, wherein most of the solvent is recycled and reused.

Eucalyptus was the second fabric Athlos launched after bamboo. Our experiment with eucalyptus left us in no doubt about its high tenacity and durability. Tapping on Tencel's tenacity, we created two unique blends to get the right mix of fabric properties that we wanted.

For our outdoor collection, we use Tencel blended with Merino wool. Our tees and racers from our long-distance running collection are a blend of Tencel and synthetic fibres. Such mixes not only breathe a new life to fabrics but also enhance fabric functionality and properties.

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Do our Tencel products smell of Eucalyptus? Our imagination takes us on a wild ride each time someone asks pops this question to our product team. We don't wish to burst your dreamful bubble but the fabric doesn't smell of Eucalyptus.

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ECONYL

Running often demands fabrics that are light and dry fast. Lightweight, quick-drying, and smooth-econyl is a sustainable alternative fabric that delivers a high performance for runs and high-sweat sports.

Econyl is made using waste products. Landfill waste, discarded fishing nets, and single-use plastics are sorted and cleaned to extract nylon. Further, the regenerated nylon is processed into econyl yarns.

Econyl yarns are tough, stretchable, and durable, making them a favourable option in our running shorts. It has a low environmental impact, meaning the fabric can be recycled repeatedly. Every ton of econyl material generated saves 7 barrels of crude oil and cuts down on almost 6 tons of CO2 emissions.

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Econyl took going against our own preference for natural fabrics. For long distance running, you want your apparel to dry fast and stay light even with sweat, both properties of synthetic fabrics. Cue in Econyl, our pivot to recycled synthetic fabrics that allowed us to deliver high performance without any compromise on sustainability.

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SUPIMA

Supima is a distinct species of cotton with ex-tra-long fibres. Softness, strength, and colour retention characterise Supima. The long fibres of Supima weave finely, adding a smoother finish to the fabric.

When we first used Supima in our Polos, we took an immediate liking to how it felt feathery light on the body. So we extended the use of Supima to our jackets.

Supima is different from regular cotton. Its ex-tra-long fibre length gets knitted into the fabric, leaving fewer exposed fibre ends. Hence the fabric is resistant to pilling. As outdoor activities involve a lot of movement, Supima's smoothness, sweat absorption and breathability make it a seemingly great choice for activewear.

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Many of our users prefer Polos over other tees for their active lifestyles. So we wanted a polo that blended cosiness with performance. That is how Supima found a place in our fabric family. Our customers loved the stunner fabric so much that we notched the comfort game to include Supima Coach jackets!

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MERINO WOOL

Natural, Renewable, and cosy. Merino comes from the Merino sheep in Australia. The shear-ing of the sheep yields a ball of natural wool which is further spun and knitted to get fabric with different textures and blends.

Used in our baselayers, Merino's temperature regulating properties come into play from sub-zero Himalayan temperatures to 27 I& When it's scorching, Merino keeps you dry and airy for hours. The fibre stays cosy and warm even in freezing temperatures. If you're out on a multi-day hike, Merino's natural anti-bacterial properties resist odour even if it isn't washed for days. Unlike traditional wool, Merino is more breathable.

We are Woolmark certified. This ensures the authenticity of our Merino wool.

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There is inspiration all around. Our muse for our Merino wool collection is the sheep wool farmers from India's Northernmost territory, Ladakh. We've always wanted to work with the Ladakhi wool farmers. While we still figure this out, we've integrated Merino with this inspiration. As an ode, the colours of our Merino collection- apricot, bark, Icelandic blue, thyme green, frost, and basil, are all named after things seen in Ladakh.

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