The Last 25 Years of Fibers and Fabric
In the past 25 years since Textile View’s inception, there has been a tremendous evolution and change in the manufacture, production and design in the fabric and fiber industries. In Textile View’s first five years of publication, their rise in popularity was due to designers and buyers wanting access to fabric information and trends, thus, making Textile View the favorite magazine of fashion professionals.
The fashion forecasting and technological advancement in fabrics and fibers directly impacted the textile industry. The last 25 years of textile production has seen the trend to further develop the usage of sustainable resources as a big influence on design, manufacture and production changing which companies began to dominate the trade based on their ability to be leaders of innovation while embracing the sustainability trend.
The current fashion industry is always looking to the issue of sustainability and this most especially has influenced the direction of many fiber and fabric companies revolutionizing the market. Today, some of the most popular fiber and textile companies are focused around this issue. New ways of processing materials and the recent ability to produce fibers with favorable properties have been discovered through the lens of sustainability.
We know that the science of textiles and the production of synthetic materials offering innovative properties will continue. However, while producing such synthetic textiles and fabrics, companies simply choose to simply ignore the fact that they are using up non- renewable resources. Of course if there were more known renewable resources in existence readily available that could produce quality fabrics, companies would seize upon the opportunity to utilize them. There is no doubt that synthetic materials have had an enormous impact on fashion, notably in the sports and active wear industries and have set the trend in these markets.
The future of fashion and its need for more sustainable materials is held in the hands of new technologies. We know that there continues to be a need for the sustainability of textiles in the market to evolve and that there is always room for improvement. It will be exciting to see where things go next and what fabrics and fibers will be available in the years to come.