Performance Fabrics at ORSS'19
by Kathlyn Swantko
Driven by consumer demands for performance fabrics for everyday wear, several technical fabrics have gained importance in today's mainstream apparel. These value-added textiles, are engineered for a wide variety of consumer uses, where fabric performance is the major consideration. Sustainability has also generated a great deal of interest for all outdoor active lifestyles (i.e. activewear, sportswear, summer and winter wear, mountain activities, camping, trekking, workwear, military, urban wear, as well as safety & protective wear).
Apparel manufactures understand the need to work closely with leading mills and textile innovators to advance the future developments for performance solutions across industries. The Outdoor Retailer shows (Summer Market, Winter Market and Snow Show) offer opportunities for sourcing new performance fabric developments, and provide a great resource for designers and manufacturers to stay on the leading edge of the latest textile technologies available from global sources.
The FabricLink Network looks at a variety of specialty fabric manufacturers and materials showcased by the ORSS'19 fabric exhibitors, which have the potential to inspire the next generation of performance apparel.
Concept III, a sales agency for a variety of technical textile mills and technical innovators, displayed several advanced products at ORSS´19.
ABMT is a market leader for sustainable, high-quality performance fabrics that drive changes in the textile industry through its work with natural and recycled fibers. The company combined merino with organic cotton to provide a natural durability, softness, exciting textures, and color effects. ABMT's Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) blends BCI cotton and recycled polyester to offer highly durable, comfortable, and sustainable fabrics. ABMT's new circular knits blend natural fibers of merino or cotton with the core-spun synthetics of Modal® or Tencel® for comfortable blends that are made to last. Finally, the company showcased natural double knit blends that are durable and made to last.
Kingwhale, a vertical company committed to sustainable production, offers knit fabrics with fibers that are dyed more efficiently at lower temperatures, using less energy. Kingwhale also produces innovative technical knits and fleece, and manufacturers finished sustainable garments.
Dry-Tex displayed new technical laminates, wovens, soft-shell constructions, 4-way stretches, WPB, and engineered lightweight laminated and coated materials.
WidePlus Textiles offered technical, innovative, and sustainable fabrics for the sportswear, urban casualwear, outdoor wear, and work wear markets. The company presented a wide range of new large-scale flexible, production for a broad array of fabrics targeting several industries. Its miniR® 60%-75% NIR Reflective Technology fabrics are made with the company's exclusive yarn technology in Taiwan. This fabric lowers the body temperature by 2oC, UPF 50+, UV protection, and permanent function to keep the wearer comfortable in hot conditions. WidePlus's new super lightweight Double Weave X+2 fabric has a poly/spandex back, a 100% Cordura® face, and contains XT2, the antimicrobial yarn form Noble Biomaterials.
MMI Textiles featured its broad product line of innovative narrow fabrics at the show, including assortment of stocked webbing/tapes, specialty narrow fabrics, elastics, hook & loop fasteners, zippers, and engineered custom specifications to fit its clients' needs.
For the outdoor market, MMI featured its new Ursack Bear & Critter Bag, a brand they recently acquired under Bear Saga LLC. MMI provides all the raw materials for this bear-resistant product, made from lightweight and flexible, aramid and UHWMPE fibers. The 7.6-ounce Ursack, even with the optional aluminum liner, is an alternative to the traditionally used canisters, and is ideal for use in the outdoors by backpackers, kayakers, and others.
Pittards presented its sheepskin and goatskin leathers for performance glove applications. The Pittards glove leathers incorporate distinct options of technologies for a variety of uses (i.e. water-resistance, breathability, abrasion resistance, flexibility, adaptive grip strength for both wet or dry conditions, flame retardency, chemical and oil repellency, and anti-microbial treatments.) Pittards' sports performance leathers can be manufactured in a wide range of colors, along with its signature Custom Image Generation (CIG) technology that allows for the creation of camouflage patterns for different applications, including the hunting market. Surface effects, such as textures and embosses, can also be added to the leather face for incorporating grip-performance or interest as desired. Most effects are available on both sheep- and goat-skins.