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Anita Sweat Management

The interaction of two breathable hi-tech fabrics  permits optimum, active “Sweat Management”.


Bioactive fibres and integrated silver ions stop bacteria multiplying and prevent unpleasant odours. Bacteria thrive in particular when the body produces heat and moisture, such as during sporting activities.


A silky fabric resistant to laddering. Mostly made of polyamide and in rare cases, viscose. It retains its shape, drapes well and is therefore used widely for lingerie and corsetry.

Confidence in textiles: Öko-Tex Standard 100

The certification “Confidence in textiles – tested for harmful substances according to Öko-Tex Standard 100“ is awarded to products which correspond to the pH range of our skin and contain no azo dyes or allergy-inducing dyes.


The easy-care CoolMax® net is soft and breathable. It transports the moisture away from the body, dries very quickly and therefore ensures a cool and pleasant skin milieu.

Cotton (CO)

An extremely skin-friendly natural fibre. Cotton is cool on the skin, breathable, absorbent, hard-wearing and tear-resistant.

Cotton knit/jersey

A light, breathable and smooth knit fabric. Due to its stretch capability it gives a snug fit and is extremely comfortable to wear. Cotton knit/jersey is widely used in women’s fashion, particularly in casual wear and lingerie.

e1 Absorption

The e1 textiles actively control the level of perspiration without drying out the skin. Moisture is quickly absorbed and effectively transported away from the body to ensure maximum well-being and greater freedom of movement.

Elastane (EL)

A synthetic elastic fibre which is particularly used to enhance comfort and fit. It is extremely flexible, easy to handle and retains its shape.

Expanded polypropylene (EPP)

is a particle foam with a polypropylene basis. In contrast to EPS, EPP is supplied without an expanding agent, so that subsequent agent-based expansion is not possible. The core of EPP resumes its original form, even if it was compressed. Polypropylene is odourless, kind to the skin and physiologically safe. It is used in many fields of medicine as well as in the pharmaceutical and the food industries.


A filling material derived from various yarns. Anita uses silicone-treated polyester wool which, in contrast to cotton wool, for example, is water-repellent and retains its texture even when wet. It is also washable.


A comprehensive term for all fabrics which display a self-weave effect. This high quality, complex weave was named after J.M. Jacquard who invented a special loom machine in 1805, which allowed mass production of this luxurious fabric.

Less Movement

An optimum sports bra can reduce the upward and downward movement of the sensitive breast tissue by up to 78 percent


A protected name for the high quality elastane fibre of the company INVISTA. It gives near permanent elasticity and a smooth, close fit to clothes.

LYCRA® Xtra Life

Fibre with improved chlorine resistance and durable elasticity as well as increased UV and cream resistance


Extremely fine microfibre fabric. Very soft, as snug as a second skin. Easy-care and fast-drying.


A high-performance microfibre, especially developed for Anita. Garments made with MicroEnergen provide a perfect fit and all-round comfort. The wearer feels supported and relaxed.


A modern high-tech blend of polyester or polyamide fibres. A dense, closely-woven yarn/fabric which is very light, smooth, soft, hard wearing and breathable.


Modal fibres are natural wood-derived cellulose fibres. Lustrous, shape-retaining, smooth and cool to the touch, as well as being absorbent and easy to care for, the fibres stay soft even after repeated washing. MicroModal enhances these properties, and is even softer, smoother and more absorbent.

Polyamide (PA)

A synthetic chemical fibre often blended with other fibres. It is tear-proof, crease-resistant and dries quickly.

Polyester (PES)

A fully synthetic chemical fibre with excellent crease-resistant qualities. A strong, durable yarn often blended with other fibres.

Polyurethane (PU)

The base material for elastic threads based on synthetic materials.


Silicone is made from silica compounds, or sand, which occur in nature. Additional cross-linking silicone resin systems are used for making silicone breast prostheses. The resulting silicone gels are characterised by excellent physiological and dermatological properties and are therefore used widely in medical applications.


Finely textured fabric of natural fibres. The special properties of silk optimise the milieu of the skin. It can absorb up to 30 per cent of its own weight in moisture without feeling damp. It has an antibacterial effect, is very supple, breathable and also regulates body temperature.


A quality weave, suitable for figure-hugging clothing due to the blend of elastic yarns such as the well-known elastane. Stretch fabrics combine comfort, support and shaping.


`Superfine´ fabric for the highest quality in soft, light yet supportive fabric.


Especially soft, fine microfibre yarn – fits and feels like a second skin. With high breathability and moisture-absorbing properties.


A fine, delicate net made from silk or rayon. Traditionally used in haberdashery for making hats and veils. Also used for giving 'body' to evening gowns and ballet tutus. Lends form and shape.

Viscose (CV)

A natural polymer made from wood pulp. Used widely for hosiery, lingerie and as a lining material.