History & Facts

History & Facts
Latex rubber as a clothing material has traditionally been used in protective clothing, including gas masks and the classic Wellington boots. Only during the past few decades, promoted by pioneers like the legendary John Sutcliffe (Atomage) and a few companies such as Sealwear and LATEXA, it has become more popular among BDSM practitioners and in fetish fashion. Since the early 80ies, this "pervy" trend was further supported through various insider publications and by fetish club events, for example Tim Woodward's famous SkinTwo magazine and the annual Rubber Ball in London.

Latex is produced from natural rubber harvested by sapping rubber trees ("Hevea Brasiliensis") originating in the Amazon rain forest. Today, most rubber tree plantations are found in south-east Asia, where LATEXA and other rubber fetish manufacturers get their row material. Many articles are moulded from liquid latex while a large majority of latex fashion designers use large pre-fabricated rubber sheets delivered in rolls by specialists (4-D Rubber, Radical Rubber).

The "classic" fetish colour is black, but latex is naturally translucent and can be dyed any colour, even in various metallic shades or white. Available in various thicknesses ("gauge") from about 0.15 mm to very heavy rubber of 1 mm and above, it can be stitched with special sewing machines, but is more often glued along the seams to create most clothing designs that can be made from 'traditional' fabrics.

Latex rubber is a very sensitive material with great elasticity and a relatively open molecular structure, which requires regular care and proper handling to last longer and keep its structural integrity as well as its fascinating shine. The following information and some useful tips are intended to make sure that fetish lovers enjoy their "hobby" even more - without regrets about ripping, discolouring or other problems with their latex wardrobe and rubber gear.