Connecting the threads

November 6th, 2015

Tips for obtaining strong patent protection in textiles. Imagine a scenario where a research scientist developed a new woven fabric that could potentially have a significant impact as an implantable medical device to replace damaged tissues. Excited with the potential of discovering a breakthrough technology, this scientist now grows concerned about next steps. How does […]

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Sympatex joins sustainable apparel coalition

May 15th, 2015

German functional-fabric maker Sympatex Technologies has joined the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC), and will use the group’s sustainability measurement tool—the Higg Index—to drive environmental responsibility across its supply chain. The SAC hosts more than 150 global brands, retailers and manufacturers, as well as government, nonprofit environmental organizations and academic institutions, which are collectively committed to […]

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Wet-free umbrella uses high-density fabric

April 17th, 2015

Designed by Kazuya Koike of Doogdesign and produced by World Party Inc., the wet-free Unnurella umbrella is made of a high-density fabric that features the highest attainable level of water-repellency as set by Japanese industrial standards. Developed in collaboration with Komatsu Seiren, the light and smooth material also repels 99 percent of ultraviolet rays without […]

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Fabric canopies light up Staten Island Ferry Terminal

February 17th, 2015

Twelve torch-shaped canopies glowing with diffused lights have made New York’s St. George Staten Island Ferry Terminal a more functional–and beautiful–commuter experience. The ferry transports 22 million people per year between Staten Island and Manhattan, but the St. George Staten Island Esplanade was showing its age, and the New York City Department of Transportation sought […]

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