It is a waterless, non-chemical technology that replicates the varied washing and distressing that the denim industry indulges in. It eliminates the distressing job of hand scraping. It is largely automated and Industry 4.0 compatible. Lasering ticks all the boxes... or does it?
The high cost of the sophisticated machines, their maintenance and upgrades, would be one reason that laser technology adoption is...
Skinny jeans remain top sellers, but looser styles are chipping away at their long-standing market dominance. Comfort, which relies on a measure of stretch, remains a top priority for consumers, but goes against sustainable design guidelines that discourage fibre blends.
In their quest to reduce the impacts of their products, brands and retailers are quick to promote a switch to more sustainable fibres. But indigo dyeing is a major industry hotspot that makes headlines when rivers turn blue.
For some, hemp and denim have a strong connection. For others, it is and will forever remain a minor fibre. Both camps have a point. Its place and role in the industry may however evolve as an infrastructure builds up to process this alternative fibre.
Tilmann Wröbel visits 1083, a French brand and manufacturer that is among a growing number of companies showing that, with a little determination, supply chains can be established and textiles jobs created domestically.
From dyeing with soundwaves, via natural indigo and new fibres, head of product innovation Paul Dillinger explains how Wellthread collections operate as a type of R&D hub, laying the groundwork for successful main line interpretations, including the first Circular 501s.
An investigation into the presence of harmful chemicals in textile waste seeks to assess whether it is safe or not to recycle old clothes into new ones. Initial findings have found this risk to be low, but not negligible. It is a signal that further research is needed, along with a better understanding, and tracking, of chemical usage.
First used to address the troublesome issue of back-staining, the mark of a low-end product, ozone is a powerful oxidising agent that is widely considered more sustainable than conventional chemicals. New developments in machinery and chemicals suggest that it has yet to reach its full potential.
A next-generation laundry concept is poised to make quite a splash in the UK, ready to bring denim washing, finishing and reprocessing back to the nation’s shores for the first time since 2002. Inside Denim chats to Salli Deighton, the English denim design and development specialist making it all happen.
Jonas Astrup, the Tashkent-based chief of the International Labour Organisation’s (ILO) third-party monitoring project, updates Inside Denim on the state of cotton-picking in Uzbekistan. Particularly, how the ILO now detects a positive – and significant – link between the Uzbek cotton harvest and female empowerment.
Swiss textile technology developer HeiQ has launched AeoniQ, a cellulose-based yarn that it says offers the ease of use, the performance levels, the versatility, the affordability and the scalability to allow the textile industry to consign polyester and nylon to the past.
Most consumers have only a vague notion of the repercussions of the use of pumice in denim stonewashing. For the industry, these volcanic stones remain a gold standard, and are unmatched in their ability to achieve what is considered authentic wear and tear. The long-established practice is nonetheless increasingly being called into question, as alternative solutions come closer to reproducing the coveted look and feel of real stones.
Denim Dynasty founder Nino Castro believes too much time is wasted starting laser designs from scratch and has come up with an idea that he believes will simplify the process for designers, brands and manufacturers.