Over the last 40 years, the makers of cold-weather garments have relied on so-called "breathable" waterproof fabrics. Yet, even today, people are straining to blow air through such fabric to find out if it really is breathable. The trouble is, air does not pass through a breathable membrane (or coating)

Rather, the principle is based on permeability to water vapour ,  what makes up sweat, rendered possible by micropores or the polymer’s highly hydrophilic nature. The membrane's ability to release water vapor, driven by a vapor pressure differential, favors comfort by reducing sweat condensation inside the garment while preventing the wind from passing through it. Being drier, the body is less likely to cool down during periods of rest or low activity. In other words, it's when you catch your breath that your breathable fabric plays its role best.

A technology that is certainly relevant, but which, like all the others, has its limits. You can see this with any "breathable" piece of clothing as soon as you exercise moderately. This is the reason why some garment makers chose to introduce vents in their design. In the end, when you get too warm, nothing beats unzipping your coat.

Although the Dryad Collection is still young, its creator has over 30 years of experience in textile materials design.

It was in 1988, when I was still wearing a white lab coat, that I started developing textile materials to protect people. Protection against fire, viruses, nuclear weapon radiation, radar detection, infrared or ultraviolet detection, and also against the cold.

With my colleagues from the industry, textile materials had to be adapted for both scorching heat and freezing cold environments. In the beginning, the cold war still in effect, brought the infantry of the Canadian Forces to northern climate. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, operations moved to warmer settings like the Middle East.

Even if you are not deployed in Afghanistan or in the Arctic Circle, certain innovations generated in clothing manufacturing for these extreme conditions are accessible to you through the Dryad Collection.

The next articles will cover tall those innovations involve for the Dryad collection.

Getting started in business is often difficult. It often takes several years between seeding and a productive harvest . I sowed my first milkweed seeds in 2013. Despite a road strewn with pitfalls, Soie d’Amérique has taken root again and this time in many different ways. Several companies have made it their raw material with the aim of making it accessible to all, thus consolidating the supply chain further.

Among these companies there is mine: Vegetal Alternative, which introduces the first clothing item from the Dryad Collection, a sleeveless jacket. In addition, a parka model for women and one for men will soon follow.

Even if winter is far away, you are welcome to reserve yours in advance to ensure on-time delivery for winter. The confection is made in Canada, but it is made to order.

At the same time, Vegetal Alternative also offers cold condition workwear with its SyBer Collection. The Canadian Coast Guard has opted for these garments since their first trial of Soie D’Amérique in 2017.

I encourage you to follow the developments of the Soie D’Amérique’s industry via CollectionDryad.com.

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