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Diane von Furstenberg’s Favorite New Textile Artist Is Reinventing a Turkish Tradition

  • Diane von Furstenberg’s Favorite New Textile Artist Is Reinventing a Turkish Tradition

  • Desire Moheb-Zandi only started weaving a few years ago, but she’s been hooked on textiles since the moment she first set her hands on a loom. The Berlin-born, Brooklyn-based artist, who was raised in Turkey by her mother and grandmother, has always been surrounded by this type of handiwork—her grandmother knit everyday items like washcloths for Desire and her mother when Desire was growing up. “The idea of making a cloth is so traditional, but with the materials, it became more about experimentation and material research,” she says. “I’m kind of rough with the loom,” she says, explaining that a professional weaver would never put the materials she does through the age-old process. Moheb-Zandi crafts tapestries that combine unconventional, upcycled fabrics like rubber or shiny plastic vinyl with more loom-appropriate materials like natural wool.

Textiles made for Africa

  • Textiles made for Africa
  • Textiles made for Africa

  • Made for Africa, Egoli Textiles manufactures high-quality proudly South African textile designs, contemporary apparel, printed T-shirts and accessories inspired by traditional African textile techniques.
  • Founded by Sinoneliso (Sino) Xaba, who has a qualification in textile design and printing, Egoli Textiles has been in the business for five years. Prior to opening her own African fashion studio, Xaba started by selling her textile fabrics, African fashion and accessories through flea markets, trade shows and exhibitions, locally and in Europe.
  • She has since created a brand that is focused on sustainable fashion, ethical business practices and is conscious of skills development and training. Adding value to customers, being environmentally conscious and giving back to the youth through skills training is important for Egoli Textile Designs.
  • “Everything we do at Egoli Textiles is to ensure that as a business, we contribute meaningfully not only to the growth of the South African economy, but to also develop - together with the support of our customers - a sustainable fashion business that is profitable with minimal impact to the environment founded on ethical business practices,” says Xaba.
  • Specialising in African prints, wax prints, tie dye silk screen printing, and high quality ready to wear African fashion such as sarongs/African kimono’s, headwraps/scarves, one of a kind beaded leather bags, the brand has managed to offer training skills for the youth.
  • They have a Digital African Textile Design course which breaks away from the mould with regard to African indigenous designs. It is an unprecedented training course that is offered to unemployed graduates in the field of textile, fashion and graphic design.
  • The aim of the course is to teach graduates digital African textile design and to help up-scale micro enterprises in the textile and fashion industry through the use of computer software.

Climate change affects textile sustainability

  • Climate change affects textile sustainability

  • Climate change has been ranked third on the list of sixteen modern day worries on the minds of today’s consumers that affects textile sustainability, according to a recent quantitative consumer survey by Oeko-Tex Association, “The Key to Confidence: Consumers and Textile Sustainability- Attitudes, Changing Behaviours, and Outlooks.”
  • “The Key to Confidence” online study was conducted earlier this year with a worldwide sample of more than 11,000 clothing and home textile consumers. Designed and administered by global brand and sustainability research expert, Ellen Karp of Anerca International, the extensive study explored a broad assortment of consumer attitudes about textile sustainability including harmful substances, the industry’s env

How good is H&M’s clothing recycling program?

  • How good is H&M’s clothing recycling program?

  • Consider that a cotton T-shirt requires roughly 700 gallons of water to produce. Each year, the production of polyester emits roughly 1.5 trillion pounds of greenhouse gases.
  • As the fashion industry faces more scrutiny for the environmental impact of its operations, some fashion brands are trying to be more sustainable — and are advertising that to their customers.
  • Chief among them is global fast-fashion giant H&M, which is aggressively positioning itself as a leader in sustainability.
  • This is part an Across Women's Lives project: Wear and Tear series: The women who make our clothes. 
  • The world’s largest fashion retailer touts itself as a leading buyer of sustainable cotton and recycled polyester. It promotes its use of renewable energy on billboards. Its “Conscious” and “Conscious Exclusive” lines highlight the recycled and sustainable materials they use.  
  • The Swedish company’s most visible nod to the environment is its garment-recycling initiative, which offers customers a discount if they drop unwanted clothing off at any of the company’s 4,500 stores worldwide.  
  • H&M markets it as a way to help customers “close the loop” in the fashion industry. But is it?
  • What happens to your clothes when you drop them at H&M?
  • H&M works with a global recycling company called I:CO, which picks up donated clothes from H&M stores and takes them to sorting plants around the world.
  • Garments collected in the US land in California. In Europe, they go to a plant near Leipzig, Germany, that’s as big as roughly 16 football fields.

Textiles Min zeroes in on 13 nations to expand market share

  • Textiles Min zeroes in on 13 nations to expand market share

  • New Delhi, Dec 10 (PTI) The government has identified 13 countries as target markets where products like handicrafts, jute, cotton, textiles and apparel can be showcased through exhibitions to increase their visibility and exports.
  • The target markets include Germany, France, Italy, the US, China, Hong Kong, Turkey, Australia, Russia, the UAE, Brazil, Egypt and Chile where product segments identified as per their sales and marketing potential will be showcased, the textiles ministry said.
  • The target segments for European nations including Germany, France, Italy include cotton textiles and handicrafts, whereas Indian apparel will be showcased in the US, and Indian cotton & carpets will be marketed in China, among others.
  • India is the second largest exporter of textile and apparel in the world with 5 per cent trade share.
  • "There exists a huge potential for India to increase its market share in various markets by aligning the product with specific market. In line with this, the Marketing Plan has been prepared to synergise various ongoing marketing initiatives while adopting specific approaches for traditional, emerging and other important markets," the ministry said.
  • The Integrated Marketing Plan 2017-18 approved by the ministry for textile and apparel sector calls for "greater convergence among various agencies and to tap new markets through focused trade promotion activities such as B2B meetings, exhibitions, roadshows, etc".
  • The plan recommends that a common umbrella brand and space must be created by showcasing strength of textile products at the Indian pavilion in fairs. It also includes organising roadshows in tandem with the ongoing event and organising India Eve (B2B meetings) after business hours.
  • A designated official in the delegations participating in exhibitions overseas will coordinate with export promotion councils on the pavilion design, take part in bilateral meetings with government officials and hold interactions with potential investors, showcasing Indias advantages.
  • Indias total textiles and apparel exports stood at USD 39.7 billion in 2016-17, which have grown at a CAGR of 2.6 per cent since 2012-13. However, the exports have remained almost stagnant in the last two years. PTI RSN MR

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  • GST Affect On Beauty Products: Nykaa Upto 65% Off* (Shop Now)

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Watchmakers slash prices post GST rate cut

  • Watchmakers slash prices post GST rate cut

Leading watchmakers and retailers in India have lowered their prices by 7-10% following the reduction in tax rates under the goods and services tax (GST).

The GST Council on 10 November reduced the tax rates on 178 items, including watches, to 18% from 28%. Passing on the benefits of reduced GST to consumers, companies like Ethos Watch Boutiques, Titan Co. Ltd and Timex Group India Ltd have lowered the prices on all the existing stock (across all price segments) by 7-10%, top executives of these firms said.

“We immediately cut the prices on all our watches (starting at Rs2,000) by 8%. With this rate cut, most watches in India have become cheaper than anywhere in the world. That’s a huge positive for the industry. Additionally, watch smuggling will come down,” said Pranav Saboo, co-founder at Ethos Watch Boutiques, the authorized retailer of more than 60 luxury watch brands including Rolex, Omega, Cartier and Rado.

While Timex has planned a reduction of 7-10% in prices for all existing stock as of 15 November (and bought on or after 1 July), Titan is lowering the price by 7-8%.

“We have given instructions for reduction in price by 7-8% across all SKUs (stock keeping unit), which corresponds to the reduction in the GST rate from 28% to 18%. It will initially be given in the form of a discount until we change the prices for the watches in the course of time,” said Subbu Subramaniam, chief financial officer at Titan Co., which sells watches at a starting price of Rs6,000, going up to Rs7.5 lakh for crafted watches.

“The slash in tax rates by the GST council was a welcome move for businesses, especially small and medium enterprises. Revised GST rate and tweaking in rules will relieve the watch parts suppliers and small vendors, which will in turn reduce import from China and other countries, thereby encouraging Make in India initiative,” said Sharmila Sahai, managing director at Timex Group India, which sells watches at an average price of Rs4,000.

According to market research firm Euromonitor, the watch industry in India was estimated at Rs8,185 crore (at sales value) in 2016, growing (between 2012 and 2017) at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 13.9% (accounting for inflation). Between 2016 and 2022, the industry is expected to grow at a CAGR of 4.3% (at constant prices).

Climate change affects textile sustainability

  • Climate change affects textile sustainability

  • Climate change has been ranked third on the list of sixteen modern day worries on the minds of today’s consumers that affects textile sustainability, according to a recent quantitative consumer survey by Oeko-Tex Association, “The Key to Confidence: Consumers and Textile Sustainability- Attitudes, Changing Behaviours, and Outlooks.”
  • “The Key to Confidence” online study was conducted earlier this year with a worldwide sample of more than 11,000 clothing and home textile consumers. Designed and administered by global brand and sustainability research expert, Ellen Karp of Anerca International, the extensive study explored a broad assortment of consumer attitudes about textile sustainability including harmful substances, the industry’s env

New Lanark to host international touring textile exhibition

  • New Lanark to host international touring textile exhibition

  • This touring display from the Fashion and Textile Museum traces the history of 20th century art in textiles. Highlights include work by Georges Braque, Alexander Calder, Marc Chagall, Salvador Dalí, Sonia Delaunay, Raoul Dufy, Barbara Hepworth, Fernand Léger, Henri Matisse, Joan Miró, Henry Moore, Pablo Picasso, Ben Nicholson and Andy Warhol.
  • ‘Artist Textiles - Picasso to Warhol’ has toured internationally since 2014, visiting London, the Netherlands, Canada and the USA, and will be making its return to the UK in 2018 at New Lanark World Heritage Site. Artist Textiles shows how ordinary people were once able to engage with modern art in a personal and intimate way through their clothing and home furnishings.
  • The exhibition features examples of key European and American art movements: Fauvism, Cubism, Constructivism, Abstraction, Surrealism and Pop Art; as well as the work of leading fashion designers and manufacturers. There are over 200 rare pieces, many of which have not been on public display before, including some of iconic British designer Zandra Rhodes personal collection. Curator Dennis Nothdruft from the Fashion and Textile Museum,
  • who developed the exhibition, said: “This exhibition highlights the importance of the textile industry in the dissemination and promotion of contemporary art. “Manufacturers and mills had the foresight to work with painters and sculptors to develop beautiful fabrics that democratized modern art for the masses.” Evelyn Whitelaw,
  • New Lanark Trust’s Events & Exhibitions Officer, who is working with the team from London to coordinate the exhibition, said: “We hope that this exhibition will allow visitors to learn more about the resurgence of the textile sector. “We will be holding printmaking workshops and will be launching a textile design competition to engage and develop design skills within the community in due course.” Scott McCauley, New Lanark Trust Chief Executive, added: “we are very proud that ‘Artist Textiles - Picasso to Warhol’ will make its Scottish debut at New Lanark in 2018, officially launching New Lanark’s brand new temporary exhibition gallery. “This bespoke exhibition space will be housed within one of the 18th century cotton mill buildings which is also home to New Lanark’s woollen yarn production.
  • “We hope that hosting Artist Textiles will begin a flourishing relationship with the Fashion & Textile Museum, giving visitors to New Lanark and the local community a chance to see some truly fantastic designs on their doorstep.”   by Taboola Sponsored Links
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Ineos snaps up luxury fashion brand Belstaff

  • Ineos snaps up luxury fashion brand Belstaff

  • hemicals giant Ineos has bought Belstaff, the British heritage fashion brand, in the latest off-centre move by its founder and chairman, billionaire Jim Ratcliffe, a month after he unveiled plans to start making cars. 
  • On announcing its purchase of Belstaff, Ineos cited its "links to automotive". The label, which was established in 1924, is best known for its waxed motorcycle jackets, as worn by Steve McQueen in The Great Escape, but also made aviator jackets, famously for Amelia Earhart and Amy Johnson. 
  • The purchase of a fashion brand is not the first unconventional decision taken by the chemicals giant. Last month it revealed plans to set up an independent car company to make a successor to the Land Rover Defender, in a move which critics called a "vanity project". The Defender went out of production in 2016. 

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