Ladder-proof tights offer hope for women worldwide

Published: 21st February 2008

Ladder-proof tights offer hope for women worldwide
The holy grail of tights inched closer to reality today as scientists revealed a new material which is capable of repairing itself when it rips.

For generations, women have dreamed of ladderless tights, of never again walking into a meeting only to discover an embarrassing rip snaking up their ankle.

The material has been created by Professor Leibler and colleagues at the Industrial Physics and Chemistry Higher Educational Institution in Paris.

Its rubbery make-up means the edges of a tear can be held together for 15 minutes, during which time it bonds and joins back together.

The professor enthused: "It will have all sorts of uses. It's just a matter of using your imagination. We have only just begun to think of what can be done. Stockings are a very good idea."

Over the years, there have been many developments in the science of hosiery - with ladder-resistant and extra-tough tights frequently being heralded as the next big thing in legwear .

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