What is Velcro?

Velcro is a brand name for a type of fastening system commonly used in textiles. It consists of two components, typically called 'hook' and 'loop'. The hook component is made up of tiny hooks or loops of nylon or other synthetic materials that can latch onto the loop component when pressed together. The loop component is made of small, flexible fibers that can interlock with the hooks.

Velcro was invented in the 1940s by Swiss engineer George de Mestral. He was inspired by the way that burrs from the burdock plant clung to his clothes and his dog's fur during a hike. He spent several years developing and perfecting the design of the hook-and-loop fastening system.

Velcro is used in a wide variety of textile applications, including clothing, footwear, bags, and upholstery. It is particularly useful in situations where a secure, adjustable fastening is needed, such as on shoes, jackets, and bags. Velcro is also commonly used in medical devices and in the aerospace industry.

One of the advantages of Velcro is that it can be opened and closed repeatedly without losing its grip. It is also easy to use, requiring no special tools or fasteners. Additionally, Velcro can be made from a variety of materials, allowing for a range of strengths, durability, and other properties.