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Growing shade

March 1, 2022  |  Features

The saying “sunshine is the best medicine” can be traced to public health pioneer Florence Nightingale (1820-1910), who observed the healing benefits of fresh air and direct sunlight in her patients. Since then, taking in the sun’s rays has been prescribed for a myriad of ailments, from skin r…
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Getting their game on

March 1, 2022  |  Features

It’s no longer enough for athleticwear to look good and be comfortable. Instead, athletes increasingly have higher expectations of their garments, looking for multifunctional wearables with enhanced properties that can actually help improve their performance, in some cases delivering that all-impo…
Solving a global problem

March 1, 2022  |  Editorial

Back in January, we told you about the labor shortage affecting many American industries (page 22, Specialty Fabrics Review, January 2022). But even as more people get vaccinated against COVID-19 and the economy gains strength, labor shortages continue to perplex businesses not just in the U.S. but …
New Year, new reasons to know your supply chain

March 1, 2022  |  Advanced Textiles, Markets

On December 23, 2021, President Biden signed into law the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (UFLPA) which will significantly raise the stakes for any company importing from or doing business with China. Most significantly, once the statute fully comes into effect in 2022, importers of a wide range …
Using the sun’s power to empower women

March 1, 2022  |  Swatches

Greenwear Fashion, based in Lucknow, India, is taking sustainability to the next level with help from the sun. The company spins its yarn on solar charkhas or spinning wheels, weaves fabrics on solar looms and stitches garments on solar-powered sewing machines.
“Kind of a frightening world out there”

March 1, 2022  |  Markets

When Tim Cook was named to replace Steve Jobs at the helm of Apple Inc. a decade ago, his ascension was largely attributed to his skill at managing the company’s supply chain—even though most people outside the business world at that time were fuzzy about just what a supply chain was.
New textiles from old scarves

March 1, 2022  |  Swatches

Material and textile designer Anabel Poh has made an art form of deconstructing scarves and reconstructing them into new designs and patterns. Called Meaningful Deconstruction, Poh currently uses scarves that are left over from the production process by Petit H, a studio founded by Hermès. The scar…
Expanding inflatables

March 1, 2022  |  Markets

The year has been a good one so far for David Abramowitch, Inflatable Engineer and CEO of Giant Inflatables, in Melbourne, Australia.
Study names most effective alternative face coverings

March 1, 2022  |  Swatches

As the Omicron variant surges, the CDC is expected to issue more robust mask guidelines. When PPE is not available many people resort to homemade alternatives, such as bandanas and neck gaiters. Seshadri Ramkumar, a professor in Texas Tech University’s Department of Environmental Toxicology, has c…
New matte biobased textile option

March 1, 2022  |  Products

Carnegie’s Xorel Matte expands the aesthetic range of the company’s biobased product line by offering a delustered matte option. This technical innovation is achieved solely through extensive yarn development to maintain all the performance characteristics of Xorel products, including antimicrob…