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If by now we all know that the bikini was born in 1946 - the name derives from the Bikini atoll known for nuclear experiments, it was said then that the new bathing suit would also have ... explosive effects - but the true origins of the bathing suit they are actually more vague.
What is known, however, is that with the introduction of railways, people have begun to be able to reach seaside resorts, experiencing the "bathroom" as we know it today. And if initially we "simply" got wet dressed, then women wrapped in abundant cloaks closed up to the neck, from 1850 instead the first bathing suits appeared, obviously very chaste with long dresses up to the knee and long trousers up to the ankles with fabrics for clothing of the time.
In the 1920s, costumes were made with swimwear fabrics of the period, such as wool jersey, while in 1936 knitted costumes made their appearance, a trend that returns periodically, even today.
In 1920, rayon appeared among swimwear fabrics, which would have a short life due to its low resistance, especially when wet. The same fate will be reserved for other fabrics for swimwear clothing, such as jersey, but also the silk that was used for the first swimwear.
From the 1930s, stretch fabrics for swimwear will begin to be used, capable of offering a more comfortable fit and adherence. This is how lastex and lycra begin to make their way.
Today, in addition to Lycra, among the most used swimwear fabrics in beachwear, there is nylon or polyamide, elastane, neoprene or even lurex, which has made a comeback in the trends of recent years.
In recent years, among swimwear fabrics, lurex has definitely returned to make people talk about itself and to illuminate all the beaches in the world. Tough and resistant material, lurex is made with the special treatment of polyester fibers.
Among swimwear fabrics, lurex is particularly loved and sought after in one-piece swimsuits and bikinis of recent years, the only flaw it presents in some cases is an excessively rough feel and not always pleasant or comfortable.
Much loved by scuba divers or those who hang out in colder waters, among other fabrics for swimwear, we find neoprene, made from synthetic rubber: obviously elastic but also very breathable. What makes it popular among swimwear fabrics is also certainly its extreme resistance, a quality that makes neoprene an ideal material for wetsuits or clothing dedicated to sports activities.
Nylon and elastane, on the other hand, are among the most popular among swimwear fabrics. The first, particularly resistant to wear, blends perfectly with the second, with its extraordinary elasticity. In fact, if elastane manages to stretch up to 8 times its length without ever tearing, nylon, or polyamide, has one of its best qualities, that of never deforming and instead always returning to its original shape. Absolutely optimal when it comes to swimwear.
Today, in an era in which the consumer is increasingly attentive and demanding, the choice of swimwear fabrics for swimwear is no longer left to chance. In fact, we try, or at least we should always try to be as sustainable and responsible as possible, taking care of details and details, from fabrics to the place of production to packaging.
In addition to the fabric of one-piece swimsuits or bikinis, every detail has its importance, from the natural rope that can enhance beachwear or accessories as well as the paper that will wrap the garments as well as the bag in which the swimsuit will be kept.
Among the aspects that make a big difference, the place of production will also have its great importance. And this not only to reduce environmental impacts but to ensure the quality and safety of treatments and processes.
Made in Italy products, for example, made by leading companies in the sector or with a real know-how will obviously be a guarantee of great quality, especially as regards fabrics, materials and processes.
Also with a view to buying and wearing swimwear fabrics and materials that are safe for your health, hypoallergenic as well as comfortable and safe.
In the new Mistre collection we use comfortable and resistant swimwear fabrics, pleasant to the touch and with high performance such as elasticity, longevity or potentially quick drying. The brand's swimwear are often embellished with natural rope details, to sublimate the body and emphasize certain points of the silhouette.
Great importance is given to sustainability, in fact our labels are made of Gots certified recycled cotton, and the costumes are kept in brown paper packaging and organic cotton bags outlining in a totally plastic free approach.
As for the production of our costumes we have chosen to rely on a small Italian laboratory with a team of professional seamstresses: the result is a truly Made in Italy product.