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Textile blends, digital printing lead R&D in silk fabrics line

Makers combine materials and use digital printing to boost competitiveness.


  • Mixed textiles: Blends remain popular as these are 30 to 70 percent less expensive than pure silk versions, depending on the fabric composition. Makers often combine silk with cotton, rayon or bamboo fibers. The first enhances the luxurious appearance, while rayon improves drape and wrinkle resistance. Silk bamboo has the softness of cashmere and increased breathability. Tencel blends are available as well.
  • Construction: Chiffon, georgette, crepe and satin are the common weaves, with weights ranging from 8 to 21 mommes. The first three are often used in evening dresses, summer skirts, and gently fitting blouses and tops. Satin is typically adopted in high-end scarves, skirts, women’s lingerie and nightgowns.
  • Digitally printed models: Digital printing is replacing silk-screening as the primary design-placement method as it does not require plates, allowing companies to take in small orders. It also yields more diverse patterns in brighter and richer colors. Details that mimic oil and water color painting are popular. These may depict sceneries, abstract images and flowers.

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All price quotes in this report are in US dollars unless otherwise specified. FOB prices were provided by the companies interviewed only as reference prices at the time of interview and may have changed.

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