Multi-functional CORDURA® Naturalle™ fabrics earn Top 10 Honors at ISPO 2014 Textrends Forum.
INVISTA’S CORDURA® Naturalle™ fabrics, developed by Huamao Industrial Mill in China are ISPO Textrends Top 10 winners in Membranes and Outer Layer categories for ISPO MUNICH 2014. Developed as a forum focusing on fabric and accessory trends for the outdoor sports apparel and equipment market, ISPO Textrends Forum has become a global showplace to provide designers and product developers with the latest innovations in performance fabric technology.
The lightweight, breathable and waterproof Naturalle fabric selected by the Textrends is a three-layer laminate stretch ripstop. A Hua Mao stretch dobby Naturalle fabric was also recognized as a Top 10 winner in the outer layer category, which showcases lightweight but ultra-resistant woven, stretch, waterproof, windproof and multi-layer fabrics for exceptional protection against the elements.
In addition to these Top 10 award winners, additional CORDURA fabric technologies were selected as on trend in the Outer Layer, Second Layer and Soft Equipment categories, including a variety of CORDURA Naturalle fabric constructions suited for apparel used in sports such as hiking, trekking and mountain biking. Rugged, yet soft, stretch CORDURA denim fabrics from Advance Denim and Artistic Milliners were also selected in both the Outer Layer and Second Layer categories.
Recently introduced CORDURA Air Flow Technology (AFT) and Lite Plus fabrics received recognition in the Soft Equipment category. Developed in conjunction with Tiong Liong in Taiwan, AFT fabrics are highly breathable yet rugged knit constructions, primarily designed for use in footwear, but also suited as mesh inserts on backpacks and jackets. Lite Plus fabrics have excellent tensile strength and are primarily targeted at as lightweight, durable solutions for technical packs and bags.
For Textrends at ISPO Munich 2014, fabrics and accessories were submitted by textile mills and brands for a chance to be in included in the top 10 of their respective categories. An assembly of sportswear industry professionals including designers, trend experts and journalists reviewed all the submissions and evaluated each one independently on six different criteria: performance, hand, creativity, innovation, eco/sustainability, and best multi-function.