IFAI Expo 2022 Exhibitor Product Preview

August 1, 2022  |  Exhibitor Product Preview, Features

Your first look at the new products and value-added services waiting for you on the show floor at IFAI EXPO 2022 in Charlotte, N.C., October 12-14.
Defining “textiles”

August 1, 2022  |  Advanced Textiles, Markets

When is a material a textile? When is a textile a fabric? The unprecedented scope of new materials in development—by academia, government-funded technology groups and start-ups—is challenging traditional concepts of fabric formation. How this will impact the larger industry is a useful question …
Just one word

August 1, 2022  |  Editorial

If someone were to remake the 1967 Oscar-winning film The Graduate, they might also want to rewrite one of its more famous lines. At his college graduation party, young Benjamin Braddock, played by Dustin Hoffman, is pulled aside by Mr. McGuire, a family friend, who offers him a sage piece of advice…
Hiring the right talent

August 1, 2022  |  Markets

Regardless of size, companies rely on human capital to function and provide value to their stakeholders. An employee who is a good fit for your company can increase productivity, customer satisfaction and the quality of services delivered.
Sourcing from the sea

August 1, 2022  |  Swatches

Textile dyeing is a large and polluting industry. Synthetic dyes are a threat to the environment because of the dangerous chemicals that they often contain. One company, the Netherlands-based startup Zeefier, is taking a natural approach to changing that. Dutch designer Nienke Hoogvliet teamed up wi…
Retrofit roof on UFG building

August 1, 2022  |  Projects

In 2021, the University of Florida in Gainesville decided to give a facelift to its School of Architecture building on campus, which would include a retrofitted roof to cover the existing open atrium space. The school turned to Birdair Inc., a specialty contractor for custom tensile membrane structu…
Using AI for recycling

August 1, 2022  |  Swatches

Sometimes it takes an outsider to see a problem and realize a solution. While studying for her Master of Science in Technology Ventures at Carnegie Mellon University, in Pittsburgh, Pa., Sarika Bajaj says she was accidentally put on Intel’s experimental fashion team. There she learned that textile…
Plan Bee

August 1, 2022  |  Swatches

Researchers in New Zealand have found a species of solitary bee that doesn’t make honey but produces a remarkable bioplastic to waterproof their nests and protect their larvae from the environment.
Wilson College, Baldwin Technology partner to improve textile finishing

August 1, 2022  |  Swatches

The Zeis Textiles Extension (ZTE) at North Carolina State University’s Wilson College of Textiles has formed a working relationship with the Kansas-based Baldwin Technology Co. The college will use Baldwin’s TexCoat™ G4  precision spray technology for chemical applications in its dyeing and f…
Recycling tents for clothing

August 1, 2022  |  Swatches

A fashion student created a gender-neutral dress out of tent fabric to promote sustainability and inclusiveness in fashion. Grace Reeves, who is a final-year fashion design student at Nottingham Trent University, in Nottingham, England, was motivated to build the piece when she witnessed a massive n…