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Spring 16: Texworld Roundup

Silk, lace, embroidery and photo-real digital prints were just some of the highlights at Texworld in Paris on February 9-12.

Tulip Exim

Hoping to target bridal, lingerie and eveningwear manufacturers and designers, Tulip Exim prides itself on its hand-embroidered work carried out by 16 specialists at its Mumbai headquarters. It combines sequins, Swarovski crystals, beads and pearls, and is sold as single pieces or metres of cloth. One standout piece has diamanté and sapphire crystals on navy tulle, embroidered with metallic blue beads and pewter-coloured sequins. To reflect its different product ranges, Tulip Exim offers minimum orders of 10 to 12 pieces and 6m to 12m of cloth.



An explosion of colour and print is the best way to describe the textiles from Dutch fabric manufacturer Verhees. Buyers were especially drawn to a 100% polyester cloth with a super-soft velveteen finish. Rotation-printed in a snakeskin and leopard combination, it is described by director Jeff Verhees as an evolution in animal print. Another standout is a piqué-effect cotton and elastane-blend fabric, rotation-printed with a dark large-scale floral pattern boasting the visual impact and realism of a digital design. Instead of tie-dyeing its Original Batik collection, Verhees sponged the colour onto the cotton poplin base by hand to give a blurred effect. The kidswear fabric is then hand-finished with block prints in the shape of suns. Verhees has more than 1,500m in stock and offers a 50m minimum order.



Mert Ipek

Focusing on linen, silk and wool, Turkish manufacturer Mert Ipek hopes to attract mid to high-end retailers looking for knitted and woven fabric with digital and screen print details. Buyers responded well to a chunky textured 50/50 wool/linen felted fabric and a lighter grey silk organza, woven with silk viscose for a stripe effect. The family business is seeing demand for its 94% silk 6% elastane blend for women’s blouses and dresses. The silk-rich blend is digitally printed with a paisley pattern and sandwashed to reduce shine for a more casual look. The Istanbul-based manufacturer offers minimum orders of 50m for digitally printed fabrics, 100m for solid colours and 300m for screen-printed varieties. Sampling is available at 15m.



Kassim Denim

Karachi-based Kassim Denim is focusing on super-stretch qualities in a cotton, polyester and elastane blend. The three fibres are spun together to ensure the yarn retains high stretch and recovery. While this fabric is aimed at the womenswear market, the weaver is seeing more demand for comfort stretch for men, adding more elastane to the cotton blend. The mill is also seeing demand for indigo natural-dyed denim. Kassim works with manufacturers in Portugal, Turkey, Spain and Bangladesh, which supply Next, M&S and Inditex, and works to a minimum order of 8,000m.



“Traffic to the booth has been good and overall the mood is optimistic. Despite the weaker euro and rouble, the feeling is more positive than last year.”

Stephanie Thiers-Ratcliffe, international marketing manager, Cotton Council International

Stephanie Thiers Ratcliffe


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