Showing posts from August, 2017

The Role of Fashion Shows in the Fashion Industry

The Role of Fashion Shows in the Fashion Industry Dazzling models, catwalks, glamorous and chic clothes are the things that we associate with a fashion show. All fashion enthusiasts, professionals or layman hook onto television when any fashion show is aired live or recording. But how many of you know why fashion shows happen or what is the impact of the fashion show on the fashion industry. Professional might know but layman must not know.

This article will brief about the role, impact, and importance of fashion shows in the fashion Industry. But before that let’s have a glimpse of its history. The first fashion show organized was for sales and buyers. But unlike now, in old days, the fashion shows were not public. Instead, they were organized in private in a couture house.

Like today, in earlier days, models were given much importance. And they don’t get the name, fame, and money that models of modern days get. Fashion shows in those days were for long duration compared to today’s …

How to Measure Color Fastness to Rubbing?

Rubbing color fastness is one of the important characteristics for good apparels. Here is some information about rubbing color fastness. This may help you make a further step into improving your apparel product quality. 1. Rubbing Color Fastness Rubbing color fastness refers to ability to sustain original color of dyed fabrics when rubbing. Dry rubbing color fastness refers to the situation of fading and staining of dyed fabric when rubbed with standard white cloth. Wet rubbing color fastness refers to the situation of fading and staining of dyed fabric when rubbed with standard white cloth which water content is 95% to 105%. The evaluation of Rubbing color fastness depends on the degree of staining of white cloth. After testing, the white cloth is compared to staining sample cards to measure staining fastness. Rubbing color fastness, same as washing color fastness, divide into 5 grades and 9 files, among which grade 5 is the best and grade 1 is the worst. The friction fading of fabr…

An Upcoming Seminar on Performance Textiles: Athleisure and Active Sportswear

TANTU announces Fifth annual seminar on “Performance Textiles: Athleisure and Active Sportswear” to be held at India International Center, Max Muller Marg, New Delhi on 16th September 2017.

Interested professionals and students can participate in this one-day seminar. Contact the concerned person for registration.

The performance sports apparel market is expected to generate revenue of $184.6 billion by 2020, growing at a CAGR of 4.3% during 2015-2020. According to research by Morgan Stanley, the athleisure sector has seen a huge increase of 42% over the last seven years and is now worth over $270bn globally – not only that, but athleisure is also predicted to grow another 30% by 2020, especially in Asia and the US. According to The NPD Group, US activewear apparel sales totalled US $ 45.9 billion in 2016, up 11% from last year and far outperforming the traditional apparel sector overall.

According to Euromonitor report, from 2015 to 2016, the Indian sportswear market grew 22%, outpa…

Why Knit Fabric Consumption is Calculated in Kgs and Woven Fabric in Yards?

Question: Can you explain the actual reason why knit fabric consumption is calculated in kg and woven in yards? Is there any problem if we calculate woven consumption also in kg? In the apparel and textile trade, fabric consumption for the knits fabric is calculated in grams and kilograms. On the other hand, the fabric consumption of the woven fabric is calculated in the liner length like meters or yards.

Now the question is why one type of fabrics (knits) are measured in Kgs and another type of fabrics (woven) are measured in meters/yards?

In this post, I will explain the reason.

Normally, woven fabrics are dimensionally stable. Woven fabrics don’t get stretched easily. So, the linear length of the woven fabric remains the same during the fabric handing and measurement. Also, the width of the woven fabric does not get changed. Therefore, when you purchase woven fabric of the desired length and specific width, you will get that. When you cut the fabric for your design, you would not g…

Fabric Inspection Machines for Textile Mills and Garment Manufacturers

A machine that is used for fabric inspection and fabric checking in the textile mills and in the garment production unit, is known as fabric inspection machine. The fabric inspection machines facilitate in fabric inspection process, by mechanical unrolling and rerolling of fabric. The fabric inspection machines also come with fabric length counter (length measurement), which measures fabric length while fabric checking is done.

Fabric inspections machines are equipped with all necessary features like tensionless handling, accurate length measuring, appropriate illumination, Straight roll selvedge, variable roll hardness, auto cutting of fabrics in case big rolls are converted in batch rolls. Machines are equipped AC motor thus ensuring saving of power.

Automatic fabric inspection machines are also available. I-TEX is an automatic fabric inspection system based on image understanding algorithms that imitate the human visual system.

Uster Fabriscan is another automatic inspection syste…

Fabric Inspection in Textile and Apparel Manufacturing

Fabric inspection is carried out by both fabric manufacturers and garment manufacturers. Fabric inspection is the process of checking the fabric sheet for detecting faults in the fabric and preparing an inspection report. After the fabric inspection, grading of the fabric is done according to the fabric quality level.

In fabric inspection, fabric rolls are opened and passed through a fabric checking machine having the light under the fabric and the fabric checker does the visual inspection of the fabric. While checking fabric checker marks the defects with a chalk or put a sticker on the defects.

At the end of the checking, a fabric roll inspection report is made for that fabric roll. In fabric inspection, fabric rolls are graded and segregated by marking rolls either one of the following categories (in a garment manufacturing unit)
Passed - these fabric rolls are ready for useFailed - Not ready for use in the cutting. Can be accepted after correction.Rejected - Not acceptable. reject…

The Top 30 Textile, Apparel & Clothing Manufacturers and Companies

Do you like to read insights of the top textile, apparel and clothing manufacturers, brands, and companies?

You can follow this list of top companies. I found this list of the top 30 companies in, a leading online apparel journal. I am not sure how they made this list but yes, these are top-level apparel brands and companies in the apparel and textile industry.
Abercrombie & Fitch CoAdidas GroupAmazon.comArcadia GroupBCBG Max Azria Group IncBuckle IncC&J Clark InternationalCato CorporationColumbia Sportswear CompanyGerber TechnologyGildan Activewear IncGlobal Brands GroupHanesbrands IncIconix Brand Group IncJC Penney Company IncLevi Strauss & CoMarks & Spencer Group PlcPrimarkPuma AGPVH CorporationRocky Brands IncSears Holdings CorporationSteven MaddenTimberland CompanyUnder Armour IncUniqloVF CorporationVictoria's SecretWal-Mart Stores IncZumiez Inc To read the latest news and stories of these companies visit page.
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5 Reasons Why Apparel Fit Samples Are Rejected

The fit sample development is a major part of the product development and the success of design depend on the fit of the product. For this reason, apparel buyers and brands control the fit development and fit sample.

In this post, the top 5 causes of fit sample failure during the sample approval process are listed.

One the obvious reason for sampling delay is fit sample failure or delay in fit sample submission.  In a research study, a student from NIFT shared her finding on this topic. She has listed the most repetitive reasons for sample revision and sampling delays after studying one and half year's sampling delay data and fit rejection in a leading buying house.

Followings are the top 5 reasons for sample approval failure in apparel supply chain.

#1. Poor workmanship: The workmanship done by the tailor is not up to the mark or not matching with the buyer specification of workmanship.

#2. Lack of understanding between the buyer and buying house: Sometimes the sample development …

3 Reasons Why Bamboo Sheets Are Today's Luxury Bedding

This is a guest submission from Jim Rosberg.

For some time now 100% Egyptian cotton sheets have been considered the king when it comes to comfort and softness in luxury bedding for the home. Those times may be coming to an end. Today you will notice that bamboo sheets and bamboo bedding are the new deal. How and why has this happened?

Well, bamboo sheets are as soft as silk because the bamboo fibers are naturally soft, smooth and round. This quality makes it hypoallergenic for the skin and does not cause rashes as other abrasive fabrics can. Bamboo is a natural material that is a derivative of an environmentally friendly bamboo plant. The bamboo plant is naturally hypoallergenic since its fibers do not cause allergic reactions. So if you are a victim of allergy, anyone who has developed a rash or itchy bedding, a good set of bamboo sheets may be perfect for you.

Luxury bamboo sheets have insulating qualities and bamboo is a very breathable fabric. The result is that these sheets are …

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