The Woolmark website is the leading authority on all things wool. It highlights the innovations happening within the wool industry and promotes the use of wool. It has been so successful at connecting the supply chain from farm to fashion, Australian Merino wool can now be seen in the collections of some of the world’s biggest and most innovative brands. From the haute couture houses of Europe to emerging streetwear designers in Asia.
The developments section
The Cotton Incorporated website is a informative website on the newest innovations in cotton. I found the information really interesting and it is good to know that in this world of overused synthetics that natural cotton when it is enhanced by these technologies can be engineered to be as good as top-performance synthetics at wicking moisture or being water-repellent.
I particularly liked the wicking windows technology. On the skin side of the fabric it is printed with moisture repellent chemicals to achieve areas of dry fabric against the skin. Moisture is pulled away from the skin through absorbent windows that channel it to the outside of the fabric. This creates patterns on the fabric surface as it gets wet achieving interesting styling looks.
This website also lists manufacturers of cotton with these new technologies.
This website gives information on the yearly Heimtextil International Trade Fair for Home and Contract Textiles in Frankfurt. The website lists hundreds of exhibitors from ones who sell wool products for acoustic solutions, to weavers and dyers to companies who sell bath accessories and suppliers of contract fabrics to the Hospitality, Leisure, Healthcare and Education sectors. The website is wealth of information in finding suppliers of wholesale products but you have to follow the individual companies links to their website to find out more about the processes they use.
Ashley Martineau howtospinyarn.com
Ashley is a spinner and dyer of art yarns and processed all her own fibres for several years. She also produced fashionwear and accessories as well as fibre art. When her first child was born she stopped selling retail products and focussed her time on graphic and web design. She teaches spinning techniques through her YouTube channel and has written articles and books.