American Silk Mills unveils ASM Loft™

November 15, 2019

Sparked by an industry need for affordable luxury, American Silk Mills, High Point, N.C., introduces ASM Loft™. This is the first product to be introduced with the company’s partnership with parent company, Sutlej Textiles and Industries Ltd. The collection benefits from the innovative designs of American Silk Mills and the efficient and skillful production of …

TINTEX showcases new fabric technologies in Munich

November 14, 2019

TINTEX will be showcasing new fabric technologies at the Performance Days show in Munich, this week. According to a news release from the company, its aim with these new technologies is to enhance the natural beauty of cotton and cellulosics while eliminating harsh treatments and optimizing clean surfaces with vivid colors, stated the release. The fabrics being shown are …

Transparent ink offers security for textiles

November 11, 2019

by Marie O’Mahony Established in 1921, the Deutsche Institut für Textil + Faserforschung (DITF) prides itself on “application-orientated research from molecules to products.”  The German textile research institute occupies a unique global position in its focus on textiles, covering the entire value chain with activities that include R+D, testing, prototyping and a pilot factory. A highlight …

Drexel announces development of new conductive yarns

Producing fabrics that perform all the functions desired, while retaining the best  characteristics of fabric is no easy task. Two groups of researchers at Drexel University, Philadelphia, Pa., believe they have a solution by improving a basic element of textiles: yarn.  One group is leading the development of industrial functional fabric production techniques, and the other is …

Smart Fabrics Summit call for proposals opens

The Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) has released a call for proposals for the 2020 Smart Fabrics Summit, April 16–17, 2020, in Washington D.C. The conference theme is “Ideation to Commercialization.” The 2020 Summit will focus on bringing a smart product to market, from the initial concept, to development, to end product distribution. IFAI seeks proposals that demonstrate this concept or that will …

Upping the ante

by Janet Preus The trend toward multi-functional capabilities in textiles is pretty well established now. Not all fabrics have to do all things, but the more advanced a textile is, the more likely it is to require more than one functionality. Just to be clear about the terminology. I’m using “functionality” in a broad sense; …

Pairing functionality and sustainability

Environmentally friendly materials and processes can add value to textiles.  by Seshadri Ramkumar The textile industry and the world of sustainability have evolved in the last four decades. The need to conserve resources for future generation, which has rightly become a movement, began with an examination of greenhouse gas emissions. The labels used to refer …

Textile from banana fibers wins design prize

Swiss backpack brand QWSTION has been awarded the Design Prize Switzerland 2019 in the textile category for its textile “Bananatex.” The technical textile is made from banana plant fibers known as banana hemp or abaca. The fibers are reported to give the bags strength and durability; a coating of beeswax provides water-resistance.  Sustainability is an integral part …

IFAI president and magazines recognized with MMPA Excellence awards

November 8, 2019

The Minnesota Media and Publishing Association recognized IFAI president and CEO Steve Schiffman with the Hedley Donovan Award at its Annual Awards Gala. In addition, three IFAI magazines received Excellence Awards at the November 7th event. The Hedley Donovan Award, created in 1999 by the MMPA, recognizes individuals who have shown outstanding lifelong dedication and have …

Forensic traceability of U.S. cotton

COTTON USA and Oritain have signed a partnership to provide forensic verification of origin for all U.S. cotton, a recent news release stated. The collaboration aims to help brands and retailers make responsible sourcing and purchasing decisions. According to the release, to achieve the level of traceability the industry is demanding, Oritain’s technology applies forensic …