Tartan Stories: What’s in a design?

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Following on from the previous tartan post which questioned the special identity that tartan fabrics possess, here are snippets behind the background of a range of tartans. Some of these tartans are famously recognised and others are blessed with a meaningful context. The semiotics and connotations of especially the colours within a tartan is what really defines the design and makes each one distinct amongst the sea of stripes and squares. » Read more..

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The Most Sustainable Fashion Companies That You Should Know About

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Wouldn’t you feel better showing off an outfit when someone or something hasn’t suffered for it? The growing awareness of sustainable and ethical problems are highlighted on TV, through technology and on the internet. So it’s no wonder major clothing companies have come under strong disapproval (such as with the collapse of the Rana Plaza building in Bangladesh) forcing them into a type of obligation to show that a conscious effort is being made to be more ethical and ecological. The need for a good public image makes it complicated to know if it’s all just a facade, in reality hiding minimal ethical practices as most brands now have a section on their website with their ‘code of conduct.’ So I have compiled a list of what I perceive to be brands with the best intentions. Whilst there is no guarantee that the companies listed below are 100% reliable, they certainly shine through amongst the rest. Trying to make this list became a little confusing at times due to the lack in transparency of information, this is what makes it complicated because companies release little information with a lack of clarity. So as I pointed out in a previous post, the best sustainable practice is to not buy hoards of unnecessary clothing and go for quality rather than quantity. This doesn’t just mean the quality of the clothing but also the quality of the workers lives. » Read more..

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Decoration or Descendants: What Makes Tartan Fabric Special?

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Tartans are especially associated with Scotland. To some people tartans are simply a fashionable pattern whereas others believe they emerged as a way of differentiating the clans of Scotland, much like African head wraps can vary between regions. Ultimately they are a type of decorative cloth with patterns that can differ so much by just making a simple change, for instance the amount of stripes vertically or horizontally, the width, colour and the distance between the stripes. The diversity which can come from this has led to various areas in Scotland, or clans, to wear a particular tartan pattern, although it is believed that clan tartans were not truly recognised until later in the 18th century. Originally the fabric pattern would have depended on what the local producer made. So what is the history of tartan and why is the pattern so unique? » Read more..

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More Than Just Fabric: The Facts on Fabric Production

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There are so many processes which go into making a single item of clothing and to think of how many millions of clothes are made every year! All of these processes use environmental resources, such as fossil fuels for the transportation of fibres grown in one country to where they are manufactured into garments in another country and then sold in another. This is how some of the processes to produce fibres and fabrics can ruin the environment and some of the actions which can be implemented to improve damages: » Read more..

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Why You Should Know About Sustainable Clothing

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It has been a long time coming for everyone to recognise that the environmental and ethical problems of the fashion industry needs to be taken seriously. Whilst change is occurring slowly, it is still not being placed under as much scrutiny as it should. In first world countries most people do not bear the brunt of the chemical pollution and low wages impacting other people’s lives currently and the lives of people in the future. » Read more..

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The Revolution of the Paisley

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Paisley symbol originated in Persia 200-650 AD. Although the Paisley symbol originated in Persia many other cultures were influenced by the Paisley symbol such as the English, Indian, Romans, Pakistani’s, French and Chinese. We can engage in the practice of looking to communicate, to influence and be influenced. Therefore we live in a multicultural Society that is increasingly visual and shows the Paisley within a variety of purposes. There is substantial evidence in the Indian culture of the Paisley influence, for example the Indian shawls it is shown here in the image above of this Paisley print design. This includes woven wool shawls which is printed on top of the shawls. The influence around the world reflect on the fabrics used in today’s day and age. Traditional value is brought upon culture, principle and shows in prints in this modern day.

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The Cycle of Silk

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Silk is a protein fibre. Textile fibres can be created from many natural sources, one of them being insect cocoons such as silk worm cocoons. As all fabrics have to go through several means of testing to be put on the market, as silks been around since (Yangshao culture, 4th millennium BCE) for it to be made in to connecting fibres and in to textiles Chinese legend Lady Hsi-Ling-Shih, She is credited with the introduction of silkworm rearing and the invention of the loom. This became a revaluation to textiles which embrace the fashion industry in many ways. The smooth light airing feel of the fabric is woven into textiles by going through a processes of the insect growing in to an adult their worm blanket of fibres are being recycled for worth of others. The shine appearance of the silk is a reflection on triangular prism-like structure of the silk fibre. This is what allows silk cloth to refract incoming light at different angles, thus producing different colours.

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5 Unusual Facts about Fabrics You Probably Didn’t Know

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It’s always valuable to learn something new and I bet you didn’t know all of this information. A few of these interesting points highlight some of the innovative research which has been going on in recent years and may start to affect yours and company fabric choices. From remarkable modern fibres to developing sustainable practices, here are 5 fabric facts to pick up on. Also be sure to look out for future posts regarding some of the issues included here. » Read more..

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Get Prepared To Make The Most Of The Sun As Soon As It Hits!

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Wouldn’t it be amazing if you could transform your garden into something like the Botanical gardens located near us in Birmingham? Summer season is on our doorstep so we’re just in time to help you get your outdoor home geared up for Sunday afternoons of lounging in the sun. First step is to get your garden lawn cut and flowers planted and then you can follow these visionary ideas to show off at a garden party, when hosting a barbecue with friends or relaxing with the family. Plus I have included some useful information on fabrics which are recommended for outdoor use so that you can effectively spruce up your exterior lounge. » Read more..

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The Most Stylish Ways of Using Fabric for your Pets

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It’s national pet month! We love animals at Fabric UK meaning that we don’t stock any real leathers or furs for ethical reasons but we do sell fabrics that can be used for animals! Seeing as we get so many people calling in asking for petwear fabric, it’s about time we dedicate some thought to fabric for pets. But think again if you thought pet bedding and clothing was plain and uninteresting because these ideas are elegant, achievable and purrrrfect for pets.  » Read more..

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