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History of Hook and Loop

Hook and loop is a generic term for a style of fastener, usually produced on reels, using two opposing strips of material, one with hooks and one with loops. When pressed together, the microscopic hooks (which feel rough to the touch) fasten themselves onto the softer loops to form a strong closure which can also be peeled apart and closed again many times over.

This concept is an old one, as anyone who has walked through a field of wild plants and found them sticking to their clothes is well aware.

One such man was George de Mestral, a civil engineer and the inventor of the hook and loop closure concept. De Mestral spent many years developing the hook and loop system, which was patented in Switzerland in 1951.

Hook and loop fastening systems made their entry into the mainstream market as companies and manufacturers attempted to meet the needs of young children. Hook and loop was a perfect alternative to the conventional and fiddly fastening methods of shoelaces and buttons. It is strong, easily separated, lightweight, durable and washable. It can also be manufactured in a variety of colours.

Hook and loop has now expanded into many more areas of the marketplace and has become indispensable in a number of industries, ranging from apparel to marquees, medical accessories to the aerospace industry.