Utilizing traditional inputs remains a practical option for ornamental textile suppliers.
Makers of lace fabrics in China continue to employ conventional materials in their latest releases.
Nylon, which is widely available in Jiangsu and Zhejiang provinces, remains the prevalent choice for both knitted lace and woven lace. Most factories utilize 2.2 to 5 tex yarn for the warp and weft, while motifs are created using 7.8 or 13.3 tex fiber.
Another typical input is cotton, which can be procured easily in Xinjiang, and Anhui, Hebei, Henan, Jiangsu and Shandong provinces. Fine thread is usually preferred for the ground. Patterns adopt coarser materials.
Some releases have a percentage of viscose, polyester, rayon or acrylic mixed in. The first is often between 13.3 and 55.6 tex. Unbranded spandex or Lycra is added for stretch, and the content may reach 20 percent.
Suppliers generally procure the requirement from vendors in their area. At present, nylon goes for $6,000 to $6,600 per ton, 17 percent more expensive compared with November 2010 rates. The increase is attributed to elevated crude oil costs.
Cotton values have been stable since that same month, but are at least 30 percent higher than the figures in September last year. Spending on polyester, acrylic, viscose and spandex is also up.
China companies offer a range of lace fabrics in various constructions and colors. Products commonly measure 130 to 160cm wide, but versions reaching 280cm are being manufactured as well. Such items are suitable as curtains.
Woven lace fabrics are typically yarn-dyed and feature vivid hues that can withstand wear and repeated washing. Lurex is sometimes adopted to render more eye-catching motifs.
Knitted lace fabrics have a hexagonal mesh ground, and are mostly colored and treated after the textile is completed to achieve a softer hand. Yarn-dyed styles are also available, but pricier by about 10 percent. Models that boast embroidered patterns often employ a sheer woven or knitted base. Cotton, rayon or polyester thread is utilized for the needlework.
Lace fabrics from China start at $1.50 per yard and may exceed $3.50, depending primarily on what kind of machine is used in construction. Designs turned out by computerized units are at least 30 percent more expensive than those from mechanical devices.
The manufacturing process is also a factor as added steps translate to raised costs. Embroidered lace variants have higher prices because production involves two stages. The ground is made first before sewing the motif. In comparison, patterns for woven and knitted kinds are simultaneously created as the textile is being formed.
Further, the materials adopted influence quotes. Blending spandex, for instance, brings values up by $0.05 to $0.10 per yard. Releases with Lycra are priced 20 percent higher than versions that employ unbranded fibers.
Fuqing Bailong Lace Manufacture Co. Ltd
Fuqing Bailong Lace Manufacture Co. Ltd
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