Next Generation of Textiles

Title: Next Generation of Textiles
Location: The Joinery
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Description: Change is in the air and the news is actually more positive than it may appear. All sectors of the economy are shifting into new production methods that can be sustained indefinitely by the ecosystems they depend on, and the textile industry is no exception. The downturn in the economy is not just a temporary slump; the economy is actually undergoing a transformation from one of expanding consumption, to one that works within the parameters set for us by the physiology of the natural systems we depend on for survival. When the economy ramps back up, it’s not going to look exactly like the old one did. Take this opportunity to examine the forces that are dictating change, the response of the textile industry, the new products that are available and how to use them, so that you will be prepared to meet your clients’ needs and expectations when the new economy emerges.

In this course you will learn:

* What the environmental and health challenges are that the textile industry faces and how it is meeting them.
* The effects of fabric choices on children and those with allergies or compromised health.
* What makes a fabric sustainable.
* How to spot “greenwashing” and decipher labels.
* Which companies are breaking new ground, and what their fabrics look and feel like.
* Care and performance of the new fabrics.
* Local sources for sustainable fabrics.
* How to take this information into the market successfully.

This course is designed for interior designers and concentrates on residential fabrics. However, there is some crossover into contract use, and people involved with different aspects of apparel have found this course valuable. Feel free to contact Jan Castle with questions. 503-636-6709.
Start Time: 8:30
Date: 2009-09-23
End Time: 12:00

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