"The Japan Observatory - a convergence of specially selected Japanese companies in business booths; totaling 30 companies and groups, alongside PR and Trend booths will showcase new trends and an index presenting highlighted fabrics at Milano Unica 2020 AW."
The Japan Observatory - a convergence of specially selected Japanese companies in business booths; totaling 30 companies and groups, alongside PR and Trend booths will showcase new trends and an index presenting highlighted fabrics at Milano Unica 2020 AW.
The new exhibitors at the exhibition include
Fubisya Co: A weaving studio in Fukui Prefecture; Fubisya Co produces woven silk clothes used for clerical garments worn by monks (known as ‘KESA’ in Japanese). The company sells original leno fabrics woven by six rapier looms. Its fabrics normally centre on leno weave using polyester, but it has now developed a weave with silk-cashmere to showcase this time and further present a weave of 70 per cent tri-acetate/30% polyester alongside.
Showa Co: Showa Co will showcase fabrics retaining sustainability/eco-conscious elements such as selvage denim that is vegetable dyed on organic cotton and organic wool denim honoured with the PV Award, alongside union denim made of wool and cotton for the autumn/winter season.
The company will present products including: selvage denim (using 60/4 yarn) and stretch denim (using 60/4 yarn), alongside 100 per cent silk denim. Other line-ups will comprise a wide-ranging variation: double-faced denim using double gauze (80 single yarn), nylon denim, as well as sample items featuring lamé prints and/or laser processing.
Toban Textile Co: Toban Textile Co will showcase a fabric with an expressive surface feel; creating an uneven touch derived from the yarn characteristics, belying its seemingly plain appearance, alongside a 100% cotton fabric processed to give a pigskin touch. In their own words: ‘We produced a fabric using natural fibres with a leather-like appearance.
Their sustainable fabrics comprise; organic cotton, recycled cotton and WASHI fabric. They have also developed and successfully produced yarn-dyed 100% cupro (spun) in volume, although fine-count methods normally weaken yarns, hindering mass production. They will further present developed items; covering thickness from a thin shirt-like material to thick fabric alongside double-weave gauze and union cupro/wool cloth.
Toyoshima & Co: With the high demand for sustainable fabrics in European markets in mind, Toyoshima & Co will showcase filament type textile/knits using ‘Tencel’ lyocell alongside spun type for menswear/ladieswear, all of which are produced in the textile regions of Hokuriku, Bishu and Tohoku.
The company will equally introduce ‘Orgabits’ related fabrics at Milano Unica, as part of its contribution to global environmental protection. Its other project to recycle and reutilise food waste, namely ‘food textile, has been already acclaimed via sales in Europe and it will further showcase knits leveraging food waste and using tomatoes, cabbages, coffee and cherries.
Chugai Kunishima Corporation: Chugai Kunishima Corporation decided to participate in Milano Unica to further expand its sales channels. The company will showcase two different types of line-ups comprising 50 itemsd. One involves fabric for menswear, using fine-yarn-count wool. The other type is casual fabric for high-end brands; a blend of linen and wool and piece-dyed, so that only wool is dyed while the linen part remains white and appears as a design. They refer to it as a fabric likely to exist but as yet unseen. When they make a striped pattern, for example, unique stripes in gradation emerge, as if drawn by chalk. They will equally propose other fabrics for unisex use; one with an uneven feel by washer finishing and an original design textile tactfully produced by weaving and finishing techniques.