Velcro – Innovative invention inspired by Burdock

Creation of Velcro, a practical, time-saving product that is found everywhere, from jackets, to gloves to backpacks.


In 1941 a Swiss engineer named George de Mestral was hunting in rural Switzerland when he noticed small burrs from what was later identified as the Burdock plant stuck to his pant leg. De Mestral wondered how the tiny hooks of the cockle-burs were sticking to him. He observed an interlocking mechanism that inspired him to consider: could a series of small-scale, interlocking hooks have a practical application in attire?

This inspired George to invent Velcro and model the configuration for use in clothing.

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