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Beyond the Bale : Jun 07 - Jul 07
Anew range of wool fabrics especially created for warmer weather has resulted from collaboration between AWI and the Shandong Ruyi Group (Ruyi) -- one of the most famous textile and garment manufacturers in China. The range of fabrics in the Merino Fresco collection have excellent breathability and have been specially created for the spring and summer seasons. There are both formal and casual woven textiles in the collection. One range includes pure Australian Merino wool and wool/silk blend woven suit fabrics, high in quality and the ideal choice for men's formal suiting. Another range includes blends of Australian Merino wool with silk, linen or cotton to provide a speciality fabric perfect for smart casual wear, including jackets, trousers and shirting. The Merino Fresco textiles available are luxuriously smooth, have a soft handle and natural lustre. The colours available are elegant; patterns include refined check, pinstripes, traditional herringbones and 'barely there' stripes. The fabric provides unique qualities, including anti-static, anti-bacterial and anti-creasing properties. The natural durability, breathability, comfort, drape and tailorability of Australian Merino wool are all inherent attributes of Merino Fresco, with the addition of new finishing technologies to ensure the fabrics are easy to care for, have a comfortable level of stretch and have anti-stain qualities. Jimmy Jackson, global product development manager at AWI, says "working with recognised textile manufacturing organisations such as Ruyi is invaluable for product development". Ruyi Group has certificates for ISO9001 (International Organisation for Standardisation, responsible for international quality standards) and ISO14001 and has set up a green channel to meet the product requirements of the international apparel market. The company takes a leading role in technological innovation and product research in China, and Ruyi has been credited by the China Textile Information Center as the Wool Textile Research and Development Base. "The demand for high-quality men's suits in China booms every year with the growing population," says Mr Qiu Dong, managing director of the Shandong Ruyi Group. "Australian Merino wool is recognised in China as a high-quality and luxurious fibre and it is important we continue to develop new innovative Australian Merino wool fabrics to fit the needs and requirements of this strong segment within the apparel market." Merino Fresco is one of many developments being initiated by AWI to ensure Australian Merino wool fabrics are appropriate for the demands of the apparel marketplace -- and suitable for all seasons, including spring and summer. Merino Fresco was displayed at the Intertextile trade fair in Beijing in March and will be available through Shandong Ruyi Group in 2007. Intertextile, which attracts more than 45,000 key buyers, designers and retailers who attend to source garment fabrics and accessories, is one of the leading apparel textile trade fairs in the world. ú More information: www.chinaruyi.com/indexe.asp Wool goes al fresco A collaboration between AWI and a leading Chinese manufacturer has created a new range of Merino fabrics for warmer weather AWI and Jayashree Textiles Ltd have launched an innovative range of super-lightweight Australian Merino wool and linen blended fabrics. Jayashree Textiles is part of the Aditya Birla Group, which is one of the largest diversified conglomerates in India, with a turnover of US$125 million. Jayashree is recognised as the pioneer of linen in India, having established Linen Club, a branded linen fabric line sold through 500 retail outlets. It also sells linen yarn to domestic and international buyers. The new Merino Linen collection was launched in India in January to designers, manufacturers and retailers. It can also be purchased in Australia. As a result of a rising economy in India, emerging young urban professionals are now travelling more widely around the world and becoming increasingly fashion-conscious. The Merino Linen lightweight range of fabrics has been created in response to this trend. AWI has worked closely with Jayashree on the Merino Linen fabric development: identifying the raw materials required, determining the specifications of yarns and fabrics and the required finish, creating and testing initial samples and producing the final fabric collection. The unique finishing technique applied to the new range of Merino Linen fabrics uses an air-flow machine -- running the machine dry to break up the fabric and make it softer. This technique achieves the soft, lightweight finish without having to use silicone. A standard Merino/linen blend is about 300 grams per square metre (gsm) in thickness. However, due to new finishing techniques introduced to Jayashree by AWI, the new collection has Merino Linen fabrics as light as 160gsm. Jayashree's head of product development, Abhey Nair, is confident the company's business partners, which include garment makers, designers, and retailers, will welcome the innovative Merino Linen range of fabrics that are like no other in the Indian market. These super-lightweight products will be particularly suitable for southern cities, such as Mumbai, Bangalore and Hyderabad. After assessing sales of the Merino Linen fabric range nationally, the two organisations will introduce the fabrics to the global industry at textile and design trade shows. AWI's global product development manager Jimmy Jackson is optimistic this project will substantially increase the demand for Australian Merino wool. He says the blend of the two fibres by Jayashree, a high-profile and recognised manufacturer, will take demand to a new level: "The trans-seasonality of the fabric collection along with the natural benefits of linen and Australian Merino wool make it very promising." ú More information: www.jayashree-iril.com Monsoon season wool An Indian pioneer of linen manufacturing has joined with AWI to create wool and linen blends for warmer regions 20 TEXTILES BEYOND THE BALE
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