Forum provides platform for multifunctional fabrics

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 07 March, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 07 March, 2007, 12:00am

REBRANDED Interstoff Asia Essential will showcase exciting and functional fabrics from leading suppliers and exhibitors around the world through its new 21st century wardrobe forum.

'The sophistication of technology has reached a point where each yarn of fabric can now be configured during the production phase to perform numerous functions. A single garment can now be ultraviolet-proof, anti-static, waterproof and antibacterial all at the same time,' said Katy Lam Oi-mei, director of trade fairs at Messe Frankfurt.

Technological progression has been so rapid in recent years that this year the organisers of the fair decided to abandon the fabric demonstration area, designed to test textiles for properties including oil and water repellence, ultraviolet protection and stain release.

'Buyers now have more knowledge of multifunctional products and, with so much recognised certification around, there is no longer a need for us to carry out such simple testing demonstrations,' Ms Lam said.

'Testing has also become harder as one garment will embody many more functions, so we have replaced this with the functional fabric display area instead.'

Ho Kai-chiu, director of research and development at the Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel, said that new functional fabrics included thermal regulated materials that were able to maintain a fixed temperature for the wearer, regardless of the conditions of the environment.