ITALIAN fabrics are finding greater market demand in the territory as companies adopt more advanced technology to produce garments, says the Italian trade commissioner to Hong Kong. Aniello Musella said the volume of Italian fabrics imported into Hong Kong in the last six months had experienced strong growth. Total imports of textile yarns and fabrics from Italy amounted to US$200 million in 1992, which was up 25 per cent over 1991. Italy shipped $168 million worth of fabric to the territory, which represents a 36 per cent rise over the same period last year. Of all Italian imported textile products, significant growth was achieved in three sectors: textile yarns were up 64 per cent over 1992; man-made woven fabrics up 50 per cent; and lace and ribbons up 78 per cent. He made his comments in connection with the seventh Interstoff Asia Fabric Show. Its organisers said China would not join 25 other countries in the annual meeting for textile trade in November. Messe Frankfurt Gmbh project manager Edza Li said the show did not attract Chinese participants because mainland manufacturers felt it would not benefit them. They rely heavily on their Hong Kong partners for exports and imports. The Trade Development Council (TDC) is the joint exhibition organiser this year, with Messe Frankfurt Gmbh as its partner. Five top local fashion designers will present their designs in the fashion show section. TDC assistant director Owen Chi said people were more sensitive to the material of their clothes. ''Garments are one of the Hong Kong largest exports. The fabric show allows our manufacturers to buy new materials. Local designers can also promote themselves.''