UK buyers at textiles show Pitti Filati in Florence were less in evidence than at previous editions.
Buyers that did make the trip said they were looking for novelty, while exhibitors reported that one of the first demands from buyers was “show me your stock lines”.
As a result many exhibitors were offering extended offersof stock on creative yarns, including organic lines.
Organic lines with natural dyes were added to many collections. Among the spinners catering for the organic market were Cariaggi, which grows its own woad for a natural bright blue and Filpucci, which featured deep blue recycled cashmere.
High-quality cashmere and extra-fine merino were most prevalent. Alpaca, vicuna, angora and camel hair offered exotic options.
Colours included soft pink, green, pale yellow, blue, a light lavender, deeper reds and purples.