With an increasing concern towards the environmental issues surrounding the textile industry, the rise of sustainable fabrics and fibers is an inevitable market change. Industrial hemp is one of them. And after a lifetime of negative associations with rough textures and a less than appealing look, hemp is one of the most sustainable options when it comes to fabrics, providing it has the right certifications. Ready to find out more about this environmentally-friendly material?
Sustainability and transparency have long ceased to be trendy millennial hashtags to become not only a real consumer demand but also a crucial change in business practices to ensure our planet’s health. It has become obvious that we need a radical paradigm shift to completely transform the way we produce, sell, consume, and dispose of clothes.
Did you know that linen is one of the most requested fabrics here at Digifair? The textile is famous for its long-lasting strength - in fact, it is 30% stronger and thicker than cotton, and is even being used in paper money production! It is also water-absorbent and breathable, which adds cooling properties in the summer and warming during winter. Since it dries so much faster than cotton, it is antiallergenic and antibacterial.
Sustainability is a crucial topic to be discussed within the fashion and textile industry. However, we tend to see it is as a green concept only, relating only to the environment. Not polluting, not wasting resources, recycling. We see it in trade shows such as Milano Unica and Première Vision.
Long gone are the days where having a good product and advertise it well was enough to win customers, with a physical store to place such products. With the current complexity, a world where digital presence became a norm and consumers are closer than ever – a mere screen away –, the market today is much more exciting than it has ever been.
Performance fabrics are pushing innovation in the textile industry. Just as sustainability is driving the fashion industry to evolve as climate change advances, performance fabrics now have a relevance that goes beyond sportswear, reaching our daily lives whether we are athletes or not. From the quick-drying properties of Tencel™ to biodegradable insulation and synthetic spider silk, smart materials are everywhere! Check out some of the few innovative fabric solutions.
Silk has always been associated with luxury, opulence, sophistication, and sensuality. That comes as no surprise as this fabric has its roots in Imperial China dating as far back as 2,640 BC, and is believed to have surprising benefits, from relieving menopausal hot flashes (because of the fabric’s cooling effect) to preventing fine lines, keeping the skin better hydrated. The details surrounding the fabric production are incredibly delicate and also contribute to its fame: silkworms fed exclusively with mulberry leaves, then carefully dismantled to get the yarn that forms the worm’s cocoon, finally woven into the luxurious fabric.
The fashion industry is changing fast, fueled by consumers’ increasing awareness about sustainability, which starts new discussions and modifies behaviours. Even luxury groups like Kering, which owns Balenciaga, Gucci, and Saint Laurent, is raising the bar when it comes to animal-welfare, developing a new standard policy for the use of leather and wool. Biotechnology keeps surprising the textile industry as well with sustainable hybrids like synthetic spider silk and incredible plant-based vegan leather options that are both sustainable and biodegradable. Discover these amazing options below – and check how it compares to conventional leather.
A circular economy is a necessary step the fashion and textile industries need to take in order to stay relevant and in balance with the well-being of the environment. But how do we develop a circular process? How do these innovative ideas start? Fashion designers and end-consumers play an important role in the discussion of this subject, both in creating and demanding relevant and functional products, as well as exchanging ideas about how to care for and dispose of waste. How do we get involved and reflect upon these innovations, from materials to final fashion products?
Throughout history, fine artists have collaborated with one another, as well as with creatives from different disciplines, from textile design and printmaking to weaving, tailoring, and manufacturing. It’s not hard to see why: the act of collaboration itself not only brings individuals together on a social level, but also brings about a creative collision of ideas, influences, and inspirations. In their weird and wonderful unpredictability, the end results of a collaboration may occasionally prove controversial, but at their best, they’re innovative, engaging and uplifting.
As consumers grow more environmentally conscious, lyocell fibres (such as TENCEL™- a well-known trademark version from the Lenzing Group) are on the rise. Natural fibre textiles continue to surge in popularity, and although manmade, lyocell shares the sustainable pedigree of materials like organic cotton. It is also versatile, supple, and durable – and an essential part of any textile collection.