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Where silkworms meet high-tech

The boundaries between traditional fashion and innovative technology are becoming more blurred. At the Emitex, Simatex and Confemaq trade fairs taking place from 10 until 13 April 2018 in the Costa Salguero Center in Buenos Aires, the latest digital printing and sublimation techniques will be presented while traditional textile techniques such as silk production are also celebrating a revival.

March 2018

From 10 until 13 April 2018, the three trade fairs Emitex, Simatex and Confemaq, which are all taking place at the same time, will once again be bringing together South America’s textile industry at the Costa Salguero Center in Buenos Aires. Innovative textile technologies in particular are gaining in significance: the sector for sublimation and digital printing systems has continued to become increasingly relevant over the last editions of the fairs. Almost 20% of the exhibiting companies meanwhile come from this sector. An interesting side effect of this development is that the new, technical possibilities are leading to structural changes on the textile market, making it easier for young entrepreneurs to enter the market, creating jobs and forming the basis of new business models.

Future pioneering trends are also the field of the Observatorio de Tendencias of the INTI research and development centre. The institute regularly publishes a key report in which new trends are presented and analysed: its foresights for winter 2019 will be presented on Friday, 13 April 2018 from 9:00 am until 2:00 pm in the Centro Costa Salguero’s Central Auditorium.

With the Proyecto Seda initiative, the INTI also wishes to make a contribution to improving the quality of life of families with limited financial means. Supported in part by European funding, the project promotes sustainable silkworm cultivation. Although the origins of silk production can be traced back to pre-Christian Indus civilisations and China, the aim of the Proyecto Seda initiative is to also promote sericulture, i.e. the controlled breeding of the silk moth (Bombyx mori), in Latin America and to develop a sustainable supply chain for silk. As silk production, first and foremost, is a handcrafted activity, it doesn’t require much technology or costly production equipment. Silkworm breeding can therefore be carried out in family-run businesses and is an effective way of generating income. During the trade fairs, the individual production steps, from the silkworm to the final product, will be illustrated in a special showcase.

Emitex, Simatex and Confemaq, Fashion + Technology, From Yarn to Clothing are taking place from 10 until 13 April 2018 at the Centro Costa Salguero in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Find out more here:
Press release: Proyecto Seda: an initiative to improve life quality of the limited means families
www.industriatextilexpo.com.ar
www.facebook.com/IndustriaTextilExpo
www.twitter.com/TextilExpo

 

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