|Shima Seiki, Knitwear Machinery Provider, Introduces Awareness Tags for Smaller Products
Knitwear machinery provider Shima Seiki has introduced new Whole garment "mini tags" , available exclusively to customers that utilize Whole garment knitting machines and produce items such as gloves , socks , scarves , hats , and other accessories that are knit on the company’s SWG041N , 061N and 091N compact machines.
Fabric and yarn exempt from CPSIA Lead Testing Requirements
Indian Home Furnishing Products Catching Up Fast Globally
The consumer product safety commission (CPSC) has voted to exempt textiles from the lead testing and certification requirements for children’s products covered by the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA). However the exemption does not include snaps, buttons, zippers and the like. The result is that the final garment will still need to be tested.
Textile Exports may be driven fast through exports in Latin America
Indian Textile exporters may take advantage of opportunities offered by various U.S free trade agreements to increase their export sales to Latin America and other regions. These agreements generally include restrictive rules of origin for textiles and apparel that require the use of inputs manufactured in the United States or the applicable U.S FTA partner in order from the finished goods to benefit from preferential duty treatment (typically duty free) upon importation into the U.S . However ,these agreements also provide limited flexibilities that allow the use of mainland Chinese and other non –originating inputs in certain instances.
Sluggish Import Figures
Looking for the ray of hope, the Textile and apparel industry has got some respite with marginal slumps over couple of months, but still find hard to retain the business across the globe. The good times have yet to come, as the condition of Asian and European markets looking alternatives to sustain the position in the market.
Factories are Preferred
At the outset, it should be pointed out that choice of set of factories is severely limited by constraints of quota availability fabric accessibility and compliance. For example, if one wants to buy washed twill shorts for ShopKo Stores, one is limited to factories which have quota for category 347/8 available in a big quantity and there are only few who have much quota. And as twill fabric I India is exorbitantly priced and not reliable in terms of delivery.
Fabric, Technology Constrict Indian Trouser Manufacturing
The Apparel export basket from India contains an interesting assortment of products, some of which are our inherent strengths while others have the potential to grow in the next couple of years. One such product category on which there seems to be a consensus among manufacturers, technologists, and consultants, that India has the potential to be competitive is the ‘bottoms’ category, in both the US and the E U markets.
Indian Mechandisers Sharp in Development But lack in Detailing
The primary functions of a merchandiser have not changed overtime: it is still follow up and monitoring but what has happened is that the traditional role has become more demanding as the lead times have become shorter and the expectations of the buyer in product development has increased.
New talk of the town
Although not many people are aware of the ill effects of formaldehyde and pesticides on our environment, but slowly and steadily the trend of using organic clothing is catching up despite the fact that organic fabrics price is double than the normal cotton fabric.
Advent of Lycra in Global Fashion
The body beautiful never felt the need to be more in shape than now with the dawn of Lycra as a fashion fabric tailored for all occasions - not just to exercise in.
In 1959. when du Pont Company introduced was a super stretching spandex fibre. Today the name Lycra has turned into a generic term for all stretch fabrics whether silk or cotton.
Pinnacle in Kitchen Linen
The home decor influenced industry is made up of many core products with insurmountable everyday demands e.g. curtains, bedspreads, quilts, pillows etc. But it also includes the product market of kitchenware and kitchen related linens, and rightly so with the ever increasing and beautiful variety of kitchen and table linen that includes tablecloths, table runners, napkins, table mats, aprons and mittens.
Fashion Trend all over the globe is constantly evolving. Fashion in India specifically has come a long way. Today, fashion accessories play an important role to accentuate an overall style. In the form of Bags, Stoles, Scarves, and Belts - Fashion accessories have become a style statement for fashion freaks.
The Home furnishing being an inseparable segment of the textiles and clothing sector , is currently picking up very fast to capture the markets the world over.
This is evident from the fact that the Global market size for home textiles is about US $ 70 billion and has been growing at a consistent rate 5% in the last five years whereas the USA is the worlds single biggest market with a size of US $ 18 billion market followed by the European union at $ 15 billion.
Indian Merchandisers Sharp In Product Development but Lack in Detailing
With shrinking budgets and demanding consumers, based on rapidly changing fashion trends, buyers are now looking more towards their suppliers to give ideas and directions in fashion. This changing attitude of the buyer has placed increasing responsibilities on the buying agencies to provide sourcing support for not only present ideas but concepts to create new looks and fabrics appealing to the consumer base of the retailer.