Parachute Fabric

Dear Andy, I am working the set for a play in which the director wants actors to swing on and climb lightweight fabric (“parachute fabric”). I’ve done some preliminary research and found that parachutes today generally are made from rip-stop nylon, and that Cirque de Soleil uses tricot for similar purposes. What specifications should I use for either of these materials and which is likely to be safer? Any additional advise about finding vendors would also be helpful. I expect to buy about 80 yards. Thanks, Bruce

Dear Bruce: The fabric you need, and the one that Cirque De Soleil uses is something called Flyers Fabric. It is a tricot fabric. It is available at www.heddysfabrics.com. You can call them at 702-870-3754. Safe “flying” and Good Luck, Andy

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