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Functional clothing is that evolutionary sphere of the textiles market, when the simple merchandise crosses all boundaries of just being the cover for the body. On the contrary, functional clothing has invaded into the zones of medicine, biotechnology, physics, computing etc. A variety of functional clothing includes protective, medical and sports clothing.

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According to the experts, promoting traditional garments, developing functional wears, reducing the use of toxic chemicals and digging deeper into the arena of functional wears are the four major work fronts of any leading designer label today.

Amongst the new trends, one is of the emergence of performance clothing which has been fueled by latest advancements and breakthroughs. Though originally developed for military purpose, performance clothing is now available for everyone and is also incorporated in sports wears.

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Next is environmental hazard protective clothes that protect the skin from heat rays, acid rains, pollution etc. They are critically designed to protect the skin against the extreme elements of the atmosphere.

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Then we have biological, chemical and radiation hazard protective. They protect against indigestion, skin contact to hazardous chemicals, toxic gases and other radioactive particulate matter.

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Injury protective, therapeutic and rehabilitative functional wear is another useful dimension where the garments protect from slash, cuts etc. These dresses are pressure garments and they help against lymphatic and venal disorders.

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Apart from healing, there is another branch called bio-sensing. They monitor the body parameters like heart beat, blood oxygenation, body temperature etc.

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Bio-sensing garments that checks the heart beat of the wearer

Then of course we have sports functional garments which help in enhancing the performance and shape the body for enhanced appearance.

Then lastly we have apparels for special needs like for elderly, infants and disabled. They are specially made for people with special needs. These innovations in the recent era have changed the role of garments and have made them to be more than just clothes to cover the body.

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