The color blue has been used in textiles for more than 200 years. Originally derived from plants, synthetic dyes allow a variety of blues for multiple textile uses.
One of the most classic fabric patterns, striped textiles are used for many occasions. First appearing in medieval times, they were worn by the lesser of society. Stripes gained popularity in England in the 19th century with Queen Victoria. Stripes became mainstream in the 20th century.
A staple in textile design, floral fabrics are available in subtle to bold prints. Whether it’s a calico or an aloha print, floral fabrics are popular in all aspects of fashion.
Yellow is the brightest and psychologically the happiest color of the visible spectrum. It can make you feel cheerful and warm. Because of yellow’s luminosity, it is often used to make bold statements in fashion.
The color pink, as a noun, dates back to the late 17th century and is named after the flower of the same name. The use of the color pink goes back to ancient times when it was referred to as “roseus” in Latin. Pink is now widely used by artists and fashion designers.
The most common color in the natural world, green is the symbol of freshness and progress. It is often associated with environmental and social-justice movements. Fashion designers use a wide variety of green hues to allow for personal expression.
In the world of cotton, it is an open secret that some products labeled 100 percent Egyptian or Pima cotton are not what they appear and are really cheaper cotton.
Companies involved in the development of fabrics that achieve a cooling effect are proliferating in the U.S. to meet demands by apparel makers and other manufacturers.
A North Carolina yarn manufacturer is hoping to “push the envelope” in the burgeoning smart textiles category.
Polartec was introduced on the fabric scene more than 30 years ago as an alternative to wool. It offers wool’s warmth but is not as heavy and is machine washable.
An added feature this year at Texworld USA is the new “Explore the Floor” series, which features tours for attendees to walk the show floor with industry experts.
Reed Exhibitions has announced it is organizing a new functional-fabric fair this summer in New York to be held during New York market week.
At its Dec. 13 meeting, Lenzing’s board reappointed Stefan Doboczky as its chief executive.
For the activewear woman who likes wearing her clothes to the gym or her favorite coffeehouse, Athleta has developed a new style of tights made with Lycra Sport technology.
Jack Berger, the cofounder of The Print Works, a swimwear textile converting company, passed away on Dec. 16, 2017, of cancer. He was 94.
New execs at Hyosung in U.S. offices.
A dirty secret of the denim business is the amount of water, chemicals and energy it takes to get that classic indigo blue. Pakistan denim mill Artistic Milliners hopes to change that with Crystal Clear, a newly introduced process that the company is calling “the cleanest indigo dyeing process.”