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Development History of Sanitary Towel

January 20, 2016

I. Development Course of Ancient Sanitary Towels

Preliminary stage

In the primitive society, people made use of local resources, i.e. cured hay, leaves, stone, natural sponge and softened papyrus leaves, or sewed bark or hide into underclothes stuffed with dry articles. In the ancient times, the invention and application of cloth replaced the primitive and natural materials. As early as 1550, Egyptian women had started to use soft cloth as the nursing articles for menstrual period. Greece: Wood wrapped with linen; Africa: Feather and cloth strip; China: white long cloth towel

Washable stage

In the feudal society, there were handmade supplies made of many kinds of materials. Cloth bags were stuffed with all kinds of water-absorbing materials, and lied to the waist by ribbon.
In the ancient China, the relatively mature handmade sanitary articles for menstrual period emerged as a result of the invention and development of textiles and paper, and the representative articles included:

●  Cloth pocket
●  Straw paper, cotton or rags sanitary towel
●  Plant ash sanitary towel (The mainstream product is the small cloth strips stuffed with plant ash, which can be used repeatedly after washing)

In the European and American countries in the 19th century, there appeared sanitary belt that broken bag was stuffed with cotton wool, and also more mature supplies:
Sanitary apron (Clip cotton cloth on rubber pad, surround it around the waist, bypass genitals by clinging to buttocks, and then fix it with safety needle or hanging clip, shaped like an apron)

II. Development Course of Modern Sanitary Towels

Disposable stage

During the World War I, the application of fiber cotton gave rise to the first generation of modern sanitary towel, that is, the "Disposable sanitary cotton"
In 1888, the Europe and America invented the menstruation pads, titled Southall's Towels
In 1910, the U.S. female nurses produced the earliest disposable sanitary cotton using bandage and medicinal cotton during the World War I
In 1992, American male produced the long-strip cotton pads by wrapping cotton fiber and water-absorbing paper, from which the modern sanitary towel was invented
1921, the U.S. Kimberly-Clark Company (the Brand Kotex) successfully produced the first piece of disposable sanitary cotton. From that moment on, it entered the age of mass production of sanitary cotton.
In 1927, the U.S. Johnson & Johnson developed Modess disposable sanitary cotton
In 1933, the world's first disposable cotton strip "Tampax" came out.

III. Development Course of Contemporary Sanitary Towels in China

In 1920, Hangzhou Sanyou Industrial Agency launched the menstrual cloth (cotton textile cloth which is water-absorbing and washed repeatedly)
In 1928, Shanghai Women's Magazine launched the menstruation bandage made in the Europe and America (prototype sanitary towel with a waistband)
In 1956, China produced the bonding-sheet sanitary belt (crotch with full-rubylith film and connected to the "menstrual sanitary pants" that can be used as underpants)
In 1960, creased toilet paper (soft creased water-absorbing menstrual sanitary paper)
In the 1980s, new sanitary towels were imported from the Europe and America, synchronizing with the Europe and America

IV. Development History of Sanitary Towel

Stage of adhesive-type products: Women bade farewell to the bondage of physiological belt of sanitary towel

In the 1970s, the invention of adhesive-type gum gave rise to the "adhesive-type gumming sanitary cotton pads", which was a great milestone breakthrough. Accordingly, the use of sanitary towel was more convenient and simple.

Stage of thin & light care wings: The application of new materials and kinesiology much agreed with the body features of female

In early 1990, the core layer with fluff pulp and polymer as well as care wing design gave rise to the pads with wings, which are thin & light, water-absorbing and fitting to skin, thereby rewriting the history of sanitary towel.

Stage of liquid materials: Throw the traditional core layers, being comfortable without feeling and traces

In 2009, GAINREEL developed the first sanitary towel made of liquid materials, overthrowing the traditional sanitary towels.
The core layer, integral forming made of liquid materials, makes the products thinner and lighter and has a great water-absorbing capacity. The towel surface was free of traces completely. The menstrual blood penetrates into the bottom layer of sanitary towel, locking water without reverse osmosis.

Stage of silk + liquid material: Pure nature, extreme experience

In 2013, French Kisslover launched the first silk amino acid liquid sanitary towel.
The innovative application of silk fabric technology combined with the integral forming of amino acid liquid further advanced the development of liquid sanitary towel. Featured with fashionable design, natural care and extreme experience, this product has ushered sanitary towel into the age of natural luxury.

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