Interwoven weaves spell

Valdese Weavers displayed t-shirts in their showroom to help illustrate that several of the company’s new fabrics are made with recycled t-shirts.

HIGH POINT — The newly re-named Interwoven textile show welcomed a steady stream of buyers in High Point this week.

“We are seeing buyers from across the U.S. at this market,” said Andy Kahan, Regal Fabrics market manager. “Last November, it was mainly people from the Southeast. We have also nearly returned to pre-pandemic traffic, which is a good sign.”

When it comes to trends, color, pattern and texture are the key words, according to Kathy Dotterer, textile designer for Brentwood Fabrics.

“Although neutrals are still important, people are embracing more warm tones,” she said. “I am seeing a maximal trend with pops of color, slubby bouclés and a modernization of traditional patterns.”

Warm tones are clearly the focus at Sunbrella, which offered a new palette for its spring collection with fabrics in earth tones and sunbaked colors in patterns that include geometrics and modern versions of classic strips.

Several vendors say adding an embroidery element to their offerings has been very popular including Sunbrella, Regal Fabrics and Valdese Weavers.

At Outdura, it is embracing nature through the new Virage collection. Mariia Elizarova, Sattler Corp. senior designer for the casual furniture division, said people are wanting to bring the natural world inside after spending so much time at home during the pandemic.

“We visualized the colors of the forest, the sea, the sun and of the animal life all around us to create our Be Bold, Escape and Tranquil collections,” Elizarova said. “Our fourth new collection, Digital, embraces how ubiquitous computers have become in a fun way using pops of color and different geometric shapes.”

While the color story resonated elsewhere, Ultrafabrics put its focus purely on white with its new Hush collection which its says is ‘white without the worry.’ The collection offers a selection of 14 white and off-white fabrics that include breathability, outdoor-specific attributes, and ink and stain protection, according to the company.

“Our whites are crisp with embossed textures and understated elegance all the way from snow white to ivory,” said Jeff Smith, Ultrafabrics sales director. “They can be cleaned with either soap and water or bleach and water, and are perfect for either indoor or outdoor use.”

Sustainability is a focus for several companies including Nassimi and Valdese Weavers, which featured a new collection of 20 fabrics using yarns made from recycled T-shirts.

“We thought hanging T-shirts from the ceiling would be a good way to visualize their transition from articles of apparel to beautiful fabrics,” said Jill Harrell, Valdese Weavers engagement manager.

Articles of apparel also inspired Supreen, which introduced three menswear-inspired fabrics including houndstooth, heathered flannel and tweed-inspired textures.

Since Culp offers fabric both for upholstery and mattresses, the company’s new combined showroom in the recently completed Congdon Yards building has been a popular destination for buyers, especially during the recent Interwoven show.

“This way instead of being siloed, buyers can see our entire line in one place,” said Tammy Buckner, Culp senior vice president of sales and marketing. “And we included monitors in each viewing area so buyers can see and touch the fabric along with watching a video to get more information about what makes each fabric unique.”

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