Hook and loop is the generic term for a
style of fastener which uses two strips of material, one with hooks
and one with loops. This concept is an old one as anyone who has
walked through a field of weeds and had them stick to their clothes
is well aware. One such man was George de Mestral the inventor of
Velcro®. Velour Crochet or Velcro® as it came to be known was first
invented by De Mestral in 1948 but was then developed into the hook
and loop system that we know today by a weaving company in France in
Hook and loop systems (originally just Velcro®) made their entry
into the mainstream market as companies and manufacturers attempted
to meet the needs of young children. The hook and loop system was a
perfect alternative to the conventional fastening methods such as
shoelaces and buttons. It is strong, easily separated, lightweight,
durable, and washable, comes in a variety of colours, and won't jam.
Hook and loop has expanded into many
more areas of the market place.