Petroleum prices impact specialty fabrics industry

December 1st

Fabric makers depend doubly on oil, for fuel and for raw materials. By Marc Hequet How are you managing in this slalom economy? Staying flexible? Not signing long-term, fixed-price contracts?...

DNA technology to foil fabric counterfeiters

December 1st

By mixing high-quality natural fibers with lower quality synthetics, textile fabricators can make it tough to be certain that wool, cashmere and silk are the real deal. Applied DNA Sciences...

Partnership for ovarian cancer awareness

December 1st

Bedding products made with phase-change materials by Outlast® Technologies, Boulder, Colo., can help mitigate the hot flashes and night sweats associated with menopause. So when Outlast found an opportunity to...

Museum exhibits safety gear for animals

December 1st

Bill Burns, director of Safety Gear for Small Animals, is using a branch known as the Museum of Safety Gear for Small Animals to spread a message of animal rescue,...

Stylish radiotherapy treatment gown series

December 1st

Rebecca Earley’s radiotherapy treatment gown series was originally commissioned by the Queen Elizabeth Centre for the Treatment of Cancer in Birmingham, U.K. Each of the 100 gowns was designed using...

Jackets and coats utilize advanced fabrics

December 1st

Grade Zero Espace, Florence, Italy, is the research and development department of Cove Nove, with the mission to develop new materials and technologies to improve quality of life, work and...

Collaboration creates custom camouflage

December 1st

London’s Maharishi Hardy Blechman Ltd. began by producing hemp and other natural fiber clothing, and soon turned to adapting and customizing camouflage, then creating its own versions. Collaboration with artists...

Innovative material applications in automotive industry

December 1st

Sheila Clark, a research fellow at the Royal College of Art’s School of Fashion and Textiles and Vehicle Design in London, England, explores a variety of innovative materials for applications...

Stylish wallpaper prints use strong Mylar foil

December 1st

When Florence Broadhurst established her hand-printed wallpaper company in Sydney in 1959, it was one-of-a-kind in its output of vigorously modern designs intended to radically change design attitudes in her...

Wallpaper designs incorporate LED lights

December 1st

Meystyle, London, U.K., is incorporating LED lights into its wallpaper designs, giving a low light level that adds an aesthetic quality but also provides a spatial marker at night when...