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Cotton's Big Night Out

NEW YORK -- "This has turned into one of the great years for the U.S. cotton industry, as we look to have the largest cotton crop in history, about 19.5 million bales."

That was the greeting from J. Nicholas Hahn, president and chief executive...

Rise and Shine

NEW YORK -- Designers are rising to the occasion with spring collections full of glamour, glitter and shine. In fact, satin is a key fabric of the season, and designers love it for everything from siren slips to movie-star pantsuits.

A Season of Sass and Class

NEW YORK -- Fabric mills are putting on the glitz for next year. Metallic yarns are being woven into everything -- even normally austere tweeds -- while satins and iridescent sheers add shine to both day and eveningwear.

More Loom Boom

NEW YORK -- Next fall, woven fabrics burst with texture. Whether for casual, career or evening looks, it's a season of bouclés, tweeds, corded denims, metallic jacquards and velvets.

DuPont Rolling Out a Micromattique at 70 Denier, A Third of Silk Fiber's Width

NEW YORK -- DuPont said Wednesit is adding to the luxe quality of microfibers with a new version of its Micromattique polyester.

The new development is called Micromattique XF, and when measured in denier-per-filament, it is the finest...

Blue Bird's Special Silk Appeal

NEW YORK -- Silks with special appeal don't have to come from faraway markets like Europe or Asia. They can be found domestically.

One such resource is Blue Bird Fabrics Corp., York, Pa., a necktie and home-furnishings fabric company that has...

Fiber and Yarn Glossary

Fifty need-to-know fiber and yarn terms:

Adipic acid: A key ingredient in type 6,6 nylon.

Bicomponent fibers (also known as composite fibers): Fibers composed of two or more polymer types.

Blending: The combining of staple fibers...

TDA Takes up Arms Against Gatt Accord

NEW YORK -- The Textile Distributors Association announced Wednesday that it has become the first textile trade organization to officially give GATT the thumbs-down.

The TDA board of directors Tuesday voted unanimously to oppose the GATT...

IFFE Puts Together Panel of Color Forecasters

NEW YORK -- Aiming to strengthen its color trend presentation, the International Fashion Fabric Exhibition has formed a committee of 10 color experts, who will develop a projection palette for fall 1995.

The committee, headed by Lisa Mainardi,...

Swatches: Siddens Named at Bibb ... National Spinning Taps Petrov ... Zellweger's Symposium ...

SIDDENS NAMED AT BIBB: Larry Siddens has been named president of The Bibb Co.'s apparel fabrics division, filling a post that's been vacant since Alan Masarek resigned in February.

Siddens, who for the past two...

Trade Talk: Washington Update on CBI Parity

WASHINGTON UPDATE ON CBI PARITY: When the House Trade Subcommittee finished work on its draft of implementing legislation for the GATT Uruguay Round last week, it delayed consideration of several controversial issues -- including the...

Execs: ITC Study Confirms Worries

NEW YORK -- The latest report from the International Trade Commission on the expected impact of the GATT Uruguay Round Agreement not only failed to surprise textile executives, it reconfirmed their concerns.

As reported, the ITC study said...

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