How to realize the scale transformation of an industry? How to change consumers' habits and behaviors? These are all problems faced by the household textile industry. We urgently need to strengthen recycling infrastructure, promote sustainable manufacturing, develop circular business model, use new technologies, cultivate diversified and adaptive labor force and achieve green growth.
Heimtextil Trend Committee launched the Heimtextil international home textile fashion trend (24/25)-new sensitivity. During the Heimtextil exhibition in Frankfurt on January 9-12, 2024, it showed the beginning of the transformation and the future road of the home textile industry through live tour, forum, interaction between AI and ASMR.
Maintaining sensitivity means that we should consider all possible impacts when making decisions or creating products. One of the keys is to understand the operation mode of natural ecosystem and put the balance between human development and the earth's ecology in the first place. Another key point is community, which means that we are interdependent with each other, technology and nature and should work together.
Trend Committee explores coloring methods in a new and sensitive way, uses innovative bioengineering technology to upgrade the traditional coloring process, and uses natural pigments from the earth to show a dynamic and subtle color palette.
The color design of Heimtextil trend (24/25) is inspired by avocado seeds, algae, living bacteria, ancient pigments (such as ochre) and the natural colors of bioengineered indigo and cochineal. Most colors have high black content, which makes them more widely used and possible to be combined. Bright and saturated embellishments can cheer people up and stimulate their senses. The stable neutral colors of different tones, such as gray, earthy and even deep purple, can give people a quiet and peaceful atmosphere.
3 Kinds of Textiles with New Sensitivity
1. Plant-based textiles
Plant-based textiles mean that fibers are extracted from plants, not synthetic fibers. The sustainable advantage of plant-based textiles lies in their natural origin, so it is easier to cut into the existing benign ecosystem cycle. Plant-based textiles can be divided into two types.
The first one is made of plant crops. New elastic crops, such as cactus, hemp, banana, seaweed and rubber, provide new sustainable textile solutions. Because of mechanical extraction, plants can grow regardless of climate change, and there is no need for too many chemicals in the development process.
The second kind is made of plant by-products, including bananas, olives, persimmons and hemp, which are the remaining raw materials in the growth and production process.
2. Technical textiles
We can use different technical methods to realize textile transformation: upgrading, recycling, structure and design of textiles.
After decades of production, textiles are rich material resources. Developing textile waste recycling and upgrading technology can improve the recycling of existing textiles, thus reducing the demand for original production.
In addition, upgrading outdated textile construction technology is also a good sustainable solution: for example, knitting is used instead of knitting in furniture decoration, or knitting is used, but only a few colored yarns are used to create multiple colors, which can reduce fabric waste.
Textile design thinking is another way to solve key problems such as energy use and durability of natural fibers. With the development of technical textiles, its effect will be more obvious.
3. Bioengineering textiles
To some extent, bioengineered textiles are the fusion of plant-based textiles and technical textiles. Bioengineering bridges nature and technology, and changes the way textiles are made. Bioengineering textiles are mainly divided into two directions: completely bioengineered textiles and biodegradable textiles.
The production of fully bioengineered textiles adopts the strategy of natural inspiration, and is made of protein, carbohydrates or bacteria in corn, grass and sucrose.
Biodegradable fibers can be added to traditional textiles such as polyester fibers to enhance the ability of traditional textiles to return to natural materials.
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