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23 November 2016

Innovation in Fabrics Report

Contributor Ethical Fashion Forum


Strawberry plants that grow lace? Silk that is stronger than steel? The future of fabric development looks bright. In this report, discover innovative fabrics that are available now as well as futuristic concepts on the horizon. Image: Piñatex

Search the internet for innovation in yarns and fabrics, and many of the results focus on sustainability. A clear direction of travel is emerging in the fashion industry. This trajectory is not linear but circular, overlapping with the worlds of technology, biology and chemical engineering.

The word innovation often evokes distant change, detached from daily life. In this report, we scope out distant changes that experts are convinced are coming. But we also showcase innovations in the near-future pipeline – and innovations that are already becoming reality.

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