New Products: Stuck on Each Other

As every clothing manufacturer has always known, flawless fabrics do not exist. Tweed is good in the winter but bad in the stretch, cashmere is cozy to the touch but droopy to the eye, and silk has lots of life but little body. Recently, however, a technical breakthrough called "bonding" has promised to free the industry from some of the limitations of its own materials.

Two materials that offset each other's weaknesses are glued together with adhesives made from coal tar or polyurethane foam. Bonding fragile fabrics onto stable yet supple synthetics, textile...

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