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Survey of the European Fabric Fairs for Spring/Summer 2008
published in Issue 129, May-June 2007
Fabrics for spring and summer 2008 are “quieter”, are toned down in colour, and have less embellishment than in previous seasons. Unusual blends of fibres are being used to create fabrics with new and original looks and handles. Natural fibres are being mixed with synthetics to create so-called “techno-naturals”—fabrics which combine “naturalness” with high performance. More comfort is being built into fabrics by adding light stretch or “springiness” using mechanical methods of spinning or twisting the yarn—rather than by the addition of stretch yarns. In fabrics for outerwear a smooth glossiness or shine is becoming common. The effect is being obtained either by using finishing techniques such as calendering, or through the use of coatings.
The main European textile fairs have been restructured through amalgamations during the past few seasons, and these amalgamations have been broadly welcomed by textile manufacturers and their customers. The number of buyers visiting the fairs is holding up well and better business is being done. Some buyers who had previously sourced in lower wage Asian countries are returning to European manufacturers, having been attracted by their shorter delivery times and smaller minimum orders. For their part, European manufacturers are seeking to compete with lower cost countries by developing innovative, high quality fashion fabrics which are light in weight and natural in feel, and which offer modern levels of performance.
- Survey of the European Fabric Fairs for Spring/Summer 2008
- Fabric Fairs
- Fabric Trends