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Wet-free unnurella umbrella uses remarkably high-dense fabric

31 March 2015

Umbrella in rain.

This umbrella, designed by Kazuya Koike of Doogdesign, has the highest attainable level in water repellency tests set by the Japanese industrial standards. The light and smooth material repels 99% of ultraviolet rays without any additional UV protective coating. Over time, this fabric will begin to weaken due to raindrops, dust, cosmetic substances, and sebum from the user’s hands. However, being durable to heat, an effective way to maintain it is to regularly rinse the surface and then apply heat with an iron.

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Keywords: umbrella, textiles, characteristics of technological outcomes, brief development

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