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Emerging Trends In Hydrophobic Clothing

All you need to know about emerging trends hydrophobic clothing!

 Do you know why the Lotus flower remains clean even after being growing in water and mud? The answer to this question is its Hydrophobic quality. Leaves of the lotus flower are so hydrophobic that water droplets do not sit on them instead they make a spherical shape on the leaf and fall back in the pond. Have you ever wondered what if this could happen to your clothes, you wouldn’t need to wash your clothes as frequently as you wash them now? Won’t that be a great thing? In a recent clothing trend, clothes that are water and stain repellent are gaining popularity because they don’t get stained easily by any material which is related to water.

 In today’s blog, we are going to discuss the same thing that is “All you need to know about emerging trends hydrophobic clothing!” Before deep diving in the emerging trends on Hydrophobic clothing, let’s understand what are Hydrophobic clothes and know more about their characteristics. 

What are hydrophobic clothes?

 Hydrophobic clothes are a wonderful invention of nanotechnology with the development of smart textiles. These clothes have thin layers of waterproof substances on substrates that are also known as water-repellant coatings. This type of clothing can repel water due to the surface contact angle being between 90 degrees to 150 degrees. This coating works on the principle of reduced contact area and adhesion force between surface and water droplets. This leads to coated surface repelling water.

 Major characteristics of Hydrophobic clothing are:

  • High Strength
  • Antibacterial
  • Soft
  • Lightweight
  • Water repellent
  • Extremely low absorbency
  • High Stability


 Current Scenario and Applications of Hydrophobic Coating

During COVID-19, with the global economy, the development of infrastructure, pharmaceutical, construction, automotive, and marine-related industries have also been impacted. COVID-19 has increased the demand for Hydrophobic coating and clothing in medical & healthcare products. The challenge in the procurement of raw materials disrupted the logistics of hydrophobic coating. 

 Various industries have the application of Hydrophobic Coating, those industries are Automobiles, Aerospace and Defense, Electronic, Medical Textile, power industry, etc.

 Textile Market for Hydrophobic Coating

Textiles have extremely low surface energy and a Nanostructure. This creates a super hydrophobic property in textiles. When Hydrophobic coating is applied to outside surfaces of textiles, this leads to the outside surface with moisture repelling properties because of quick-drying, sunlight resistance, anti-abrasion, and thermal conductivity.

 Market Growth of Hydrophobic Clothing

 The global Hydrophobic textiles market is expected to grow at a compounded annual growth rate of 6.6% from 2020 to 2027 to reach USD 2,704.8 million in 2027.

Major Market for Hydrophobic clothes

  • China
  • Japan
  • North America
  • the United States
  • Germany
  • Canada
  • United Kingdom
  • India


Emerging Trends in Hydrophobic Clothing

Emerging trends in the hydrophobic clothing are:

  • There is a huge demand for self-cleaning textiles because many companies in the last decade have laser-focused their research to create stain-resistant textiles and water repellent.
  • The future of hydrophobic clothing looks promising in the medical industry because the self-cleaning technique will help in avoiding pathogens, odors, microorganisms, etc. This in return will help in reducing the chances of infection spreading.
  • There is an expected growth of footwear industry by CAGR 7.15% from 2017-2027. As demand of Hydrophobic clothes in the footwear industry is increasing, due to this factor it is projected that Hydrophobic clothes sector will grow by 6%.
  • Usage of Hydrophobic textiles has greatly improved the chances of saving water and energy. Due to less requirement of washing clothes. With reduced washing requirements, these fabrics are expected to be more durable and long-lasting. 


Competitive Landscape of Hydrophobic Clothing

The major companies in the field of Hydrophobic Clothing include:

  • W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc.,
  • General Electric (eVent FABRICS),
  • Sympatex Technologies GmbH (SympaTex),
  • Mitsui & Co. Ltd (Pertex), and
  • Clariant,
  • DryWired
  • Ross Technology
  • Unilever N.V.
  • United Technologies Corporation



Hydrophobic clothing is going to see more boost in the upcoming future due to its applicability in various industries. Many more promising applications of these clothing can be explored in various industries. Its spill-proof nature allows it to be used more freely by reducing the number to wash it.

These were our insights briefly presented on emerging trends in hydrophobic clothing. If you are looking for a detailed analysis of this specific industry then you can contact Wissen Research for a detailed analysis that can provide crucial information related to Emerging Technologies and Market Research