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Future Fabrics

February 2018

Wool infused with silver, jeans enriched with volcanic ash: The Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics has a wealth of new fabrics and striking textile innovations in store for visitors.

Buyers looking for high-end wool fabrics will be spoilt for choice at next month’s Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics, China’s International Trade Fair for Apparel Fabrics and Accessories. The epicentre for woollen textiles, the Premium Wool Zone, will feature exhibitors from Great Britain, France, Peru and many other countries. Rounding out the sourcing options, and adding further quality and price variety, are the 180-plus domestic wool suppliers in hall 6.1. The Spring Edition of Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics, the industry’s most comprehensive sourcing platform for the spring / summer season, will feature 3,300 exhibitors from 20 countries.

Much of the demand for high-end wool is expected to come from Chinese buyers due to the growing affluence in the country. This is evidenced by the fact that Australian wool prices are at record highs this season, with China accounting for over 70% of Australian wool exports. What’s more, whereas 15 to 20 years ago most wool imported by China was re-exported, nowadays around 60% is used to produce garments for the domestic market.

Modern technologies are fostering innovations in the field. The exhibitor Holland & Sherry will present its Argento collection, which features a combination of wool and silver. This combination provides effective antibacterial protection, counteracts the formation of bacterial odour and keeps the fabrics hygienic and fresh. What’s more, the fabrics also benefit from the silver’s anti-static properties.

New developments in product innovation and sustainability will also be on show in the Beyond Denim zone, with innovations expected from more than 110 exhibitors from China, Japan, Pakistan, Turkey and elsewhere. As well as the overseas offerings, Beyond Denim will also feature a wide range of domestic denim exhibitors covering all price and quality points.

Volcanic ash is not uncommon in beauty products, but it is far less common in the textile industry. Orta Anadolu are set to change that with their BIOWARE denim, which is enriched with mineralised volcanic ash to create an odour absorbing effect and to neutralise bad bacteria and odours. This leads to a more environmentally friendly product that is better for the user’s skin. Orta will also be presenting a denim fabric called BIOCHARGE, which relieves muscle tension and optimises body balance. US Denim Mills is experimenting with blends of natural yarns and high-tech fibres, while Kipas specialises in sustainable jeans. The well-known brands in the Beyond Denim zone will include Advance Denim, Black Peony, Guangzhou Foison and Prosperity Textile.

The future of denim will be debated during the INVISTA panel discussion. The market is in a state of flux, and apparel and textile manufacturers must adapt in order to keep pace with the times. Titled ‘Denim’s Next Move – New opportunities to keep growing retail sales of jeans and casualwear’, participants will learn what consumers really want. The panel will be moderated by Jane Singer, Director and Head of Market Development at Inside Fashion. Panellists will include representatives from Advance Denim, Conshing, Prosperity and Texhong, who will share some of their latest innovations.

The Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics will take place from 14 – 16 March 2018 at the National Exhibition und Convention Center in Shanghai at the same time as the Yarn Expo, the Intertextile Shanghai Home Textiles, the fashion garment fair CHIC and the knitting fair PH Value. And the date for autumn has also been confirmed: the trade fair has been brought forward and will now be taking place from 27-29 September 2018, instead of in October as was previously the case.

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Press release: Innovation and new-season styles added to heritage brands’ collections in Intertextile Shanghai’s Premium Wool Zone
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