Motion and posture sensing textiles

September 1, 2022  |  Swatches

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have come up with a novel fabrication process to produce smart textiles that can snugly conform to physical requirements by sensing the posture and motion of the wearer. By incorporating a special type of plastic yarn and using heat to s…
Leather from invasive species

September 1, 2022  |  Swatches

The latest member of the alternative textile family is called Leukeather and is made from dried Leucaena pods, a byproduct of existing agriculture.
Mushroom apparel

September 1, 2022  |  Swatches

California-based biomaterials innovator MycoWorks has launched its first items made from the flagship mycelium material, Reishi™. The collection by hatmaker Nick Fouquet includes the Boletus bucket hat, Coprinus and Morchella hats, available in limited runs.
Turning leather waste into textile coatings

September 1, 2022  |  Swatches

CITEVE, the Technological Centre for the Textile and Clothing Industry of Portugal, has developed a process for turning natural leather waste and by-products from the tanning industry into new textile coatings. The process chemically transforms leather trimmings into a solution which can be used to …
Smart textiles poised for growth

September 1, 2022  |  Swatches

According to a report published by Global Market Insights Inc., the global smart and interactive textiles market is expected to reach about $16.4 billion by 2030 . 
Graphene nanotubes in yarn

September 1, 2022  |  Swatches

Because of the high demand for interactive electronic textiles, CoatYarn, an Italian company that, as its name suggests, specializes in coated yarns, has expanded its product line with a thermoplastic polyurethane yarn enhanced with graphene nanotubes provided by OCSiAl, maker of single wall carbon …
Energy from fabric

September 1, 2022  |  Swatches

Scientists at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore have developed a stretchable and waterproof fabric that turns energy generated from body movements into electrical energy.
Fabric with built-in “muscle”

September 1, 2022  |  Swatches

Researchers at Sensory Motor Systems Lab at ETH Zurich have developed a wearable exo-muscle made of fabric. The Myoshirt is a soft, wearable technology to give people with limited mobility more strength and endurance in their upper body. The product features a vest with cuffs for the upper arms and …
Micro-weighted clothing

September 1, 2022  |  Swatches

Athletes and exercise enthusiasts have been training for a long time using weights, but that has generally meant carrying weights, or strapping them to legs or arms. Omorpho Inc., a Portland, Oregon-based start-up, has a better idea; it uses micro-weights embedded in clothing to increase resistance.…
Antimicrobial textile market poised for growth

August 30, 2022  |  Swatches

According to ResearchAndMarkets.com, the global antimicrobial textile market is expected to grow from $9.38 billion in 2021 to $10.55 billion in 2022 at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 12.5%. The market is expected to reach $14.64 billion by 2026 at a CAGR of 8.5%.