IFAI EXPO Show Preview 2022

September 1, 2022  |  Features

Join thousands of textile professionals as we return to Charlotte for the industry’s flagship event and partner with the Sun Shading Expo North America. Connect with the industry for four days of networking, education and product sourcing. Celebrate more than 100 years of IFAI Expo as we look towa…
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Advanced textiles improve lifestyles, protect environment

September 1, 2022  |  Features

Textiles are important consumer products next to food and medicine. Given the high volatility of raw materials, particularly cotton, the textile sector is in a tailspin. Both manufacturers and consumers are feeling price pressures. In this circumstance, with adversity comes new opportunities, which …
They’re out there

September 1, 2022  |  Editorial

What’s the labor picture in your area? Do you have enough skilled staff? A recent post on the Advanced Textile Association’s CONNECT forum asked, “Is it getting any easier for you to find employees in the textiles industry?” The replies were indicative of how the “front lines” of the ind…
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Cleaning & repairing fabric products

September 1, 2022  |  Features

Now that inventories are back to earning their keep, attention has turned to making them presentable and putting them back in good working condition. In some cases, this means giving these items—tents, boat covers, awnings, banners, canopies, upholstery and the like—a thorough cleaning. Other ti…
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…
ATA podcast celebrates one year

September 1, 2022  |  Markets

Want to learn more about what’s happening in the textiles industry? Just tune in to Talking Textiles, a series of free podcasts available online on Apple, Google, Spotify and Libsyn and at textiles.org/podcast/. The first show was posted online on September 8, 2021. New shows appear the third week…
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.
Recycling tarps & covers

September 1, 2022  |  Markets

For several years now, there has been growing interest in the tarps and covers industry in becoming more eco-friendly—and in recycling in particular. However, when it came time to actually implement recycling programs, action lagged behind words. “To date, I am not seeing much focus on the recyc…
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.
Pavilion for Queen Victoria Gardens

September 1, 2022  |  Final Project

Each year since 2014, the Naomi Milgrom Foundation of Australia has commissioned an architect to design a pavilion for the Queen Victoria Gardens, in the center of Melbourne’s Southbank Arts Precinct. The MPavilion then becomes the focus of a free program season of cultural events and intervention…