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Gore -Tex Fabric

What is Gore -Tex Fabric ?  

  • GORE-TEX is a patented type of waterproof fabric made with a variant of polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) known as expanded PTFE (ePTFE).
  • As one of the first flexible waterproof fabrics invented, GORE-TEX remains a highly popular waterproofing material with few significant competitors.
  • This fabric contains millions of tiny holes per inch, and each of these holes is far too small to admit even the smallest water droplet.  


  • Wilbert L. Gore, the creator of GORE-TEX and the founder of W.L. Gore and Associates, began his career at the DuPont Corporation in the 1940s.
  • Gore worked at DuPont during the company's most notable period of technological advancements, and he became especially enamored with PTFE, one of DuPont’s most intriguing plastics.
  • In 1958, Wilbert left his job at DuPont to further explore what he believed to be untapped potential in PTFE. With the help of his wife, Genevieve, and his son, Bob, Wilbert performed a wide variety of experiments on PTFE as he attempted to expose its hidden attributes.
  • Years of fruitless research left the Gore family frustrated, and finally, on one day in 1969, Bob Gore reached his limit.
  • The Gores had recently been performing experiments involving stretching heated rods of PTFE, and in a fit of frustration, Bob yanked at a rod instead of slowly stretching it.
  • Much to his surprise, the rod stretched over 1000%, and it resulted in a highly porous material that was more than 70% air.
  • Over the next decade or so, W.L. Gore and Associates applied for a variety of patents for their new material, which they named GORE-TEX. The last of these patents was approved in 1980, four years after the first GORE-TEX garments appeared on the market.

What Makes it Stand Out 

  • Water Proof
  • Breathability
Texture  Smooth , light weight 
Fall Not suitable for drapes
Shine Dull 
Sheer Opaque 

Gore Tex's non absorbent property  

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Applications & Usage

  • GORE-TEX is primarily used in outdoor apparel and sportswear, but this fabric is also commonly used in accessories like gloves and shoes.
  • Less commonly, GORE-TEX may even be used in industrial and medical applications .
  • GORE-TEX is also used in backpacks, hats, and other outdoor accessories.
  • GORE-TEX was included in space suits throughout the 1980s, and this material is used in a wide variety of medical applications including sutures and vascular grafts.
  • The porosity of GORE-TEX allows bodily tissues to grow through it, making this inert material ideal for cardiovascular implants. 
Apparel Yes
Home Furnishing -
Accessories Yes

Black Gore Tex jacket

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Gore Tex shoes 

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Care Instructions 

  • Machine wash (105°F/40°C). Use a small amount of liquid detergent. Rinse twice and minimize spinning.
  • Don't use powder detergents, fabric softeners, stain removers, or bleach.
  • Don't wash with heavily soiled clothing.
  • Tumble dry on a warm gentle cycle or line dry your outerwear.Once dry, tumble dry for a further 20 minutes to reactivate the durable water repellent (DWR) treatment.
  • Iron the garment on a gentle setting. When ironing, protect the garment with a towel or cloth. Don't use steam.
  • If water doesn’t bead and run off after washing, you’ll need to reapply a durable water repellent (DWR).

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