New weaves, color palette for sling fabrics

November 16, 2018

Serge Ferrari has launched its 2019 collection for two of its sling mesh fabrics, Batyline Duo and Batyline Iso, a recent release says. Batyline Iso is Serge Ferrari’s original sling fabric. Coated high-tenacity polyester yarns are threaded one in warp and one in weft for a square-weave pragmatic construction. Most Iso fabrics are single color, …

Technical swimsuit expected to break world records

November 12, 2018

California-based swim and triathlon apparel brand TYR Sport has unveiled its new technical swimsuit, which has been designed with the help of a number of Olympic athletes. The TYR Venzo was presented at an event in Laguna Beach, Calif. in October. Among the swimmers present at the launch were five-time Olympic champion Katie Ledecky and …

Fabrics and textiles are giving electronics a softer look

October 29, 2018

An article on Slate says that a number of companies are opting for using textiles in the electronic products they make. While much of the tech world is still made of glass, aluminum, plastic, and composites, textiles are emerging as a stylish way to accessorize and protect the tech used by consumers in their homes. A “smorgasbord …

Award-winning projects recognized at IFAI Expo 2018

October 22, 2018

The Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) has awarded this year’s International Achievement Awards (IAA) for design excellence in specialty fabrics applications, which were announced at the awards breakfast on Wednesday, Oct. 17 at IFAI Expo 2018 in Dallas, Texas. For seven decades, IAA has recognized excellence in design and innovation. The organization’s goal is to …

GlideWear finds new applications in reducing friction

October 16, 2018

A variety of advanced textile products were discussed in sessions during IFAI’s Pre-Expo Conference Oct. 15. Caroline Portoghese explained how her company’s product, called GlideWear, offers innovative skin protection by reducing friction and shear to prevent skin tears and blisters. The product has been used by athletes, burn patients wearing compression garments, in wheelchair components …

NAFTA replacement has textile chapter

October 10, 2018

The United States, Mexico and Canada have concluded negotiations on a trade agreement to replace NAFTA. The text of the deal, referred to as the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, was released by the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative. “The U.S. textile industry is pleased the United States, Mexico and Canada have reached an agreement because …

Mechanical exoskeleton developed for manual workers

October 8, 2018

Italian technology and innovation company Comau has created MATE (muscular aiding tech exoskeleton), a wearable ergonomic support device that eases the strain of repetitive movements. Developed in collaboration with ÖSSUR, an Icelandic noninvasive orthopedic company, and IUVO, a spin-off company of the Italian BioRobotics Institute specializing in wearable technologies, the MATE Exoskeleton is able to …

Origami kayak for two launched

October 1, 2018

Oru Kayak’s latest folding watercraft is a tandem—the first of its kind, says the company. The largest of Oru’s origami-inspired models, the Haven goes from box to water in about 10 minutes, an article on designboom.com reports. Oru chief designer and company co-founder, Anton Willis, explained that the new foldable kayak was “designed with families …

Reversible, all-season tent introduced

September 24, 2018

The makers of a new, unique tent call it “revolutionary,” but what may be most revolutionary about the company is what it does with its tents. Billion Bricks Ltd., a Singapore-based nonprofit design and technology studio, says its weatherHYDE tent is the world’s only reversible, all-season, family tent. While campers and outdoor enthusiasts are likely …

Wūru Wool brings blister prevention secrets to the U.S.

September 12, 2018

Outdoor and endurance athletes may appreciate the blister-preventative properties of loose lanolin-rich wool, to be available this fall from New Zealand by Salt Lake City based brand, Wūru Wool. While New Zealanders have used loose wool for decades to reduce soreness, minimize blisters, regulate temperature, and keep feet dry, Wuru says that it’s the first …