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This cloth will always keep you warm

A bad patch of weather or cold winter are quite common in Poland. Canadians who often struggle with similar weather conditions have just started a crowdfunding action to get the funding for a state-of-the-art clothing.

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SKIINCore is a wireless and self-heating wearable that helps you combat cold under all conditions. The product works up to eight hours. Thanks to a specialistic yarn, it can hold 18 watts of heating power. SKIINCore comes in a discreet and subtle design to improve users comfort. The set includes a long-sleeved top and a pair of leggings. Technology implemented in the cloth is programmed to adapt to the users’ temperature in the movement and the temperature outside. This way, the device collects the data to optimise next usages. SKIINCore can be used during any weather conditions and might be useful especially for fans of winter sports.

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How does it work?

The wearable senses the temperature and automatically regulates the amount of warm.  It has also a kind of insulation and ensures ventilation zones. The heat is provided only to the areas of the body that are the most vulnerable to cold and avoids the zones most prone to sweat.

The usage is improved by a ribbed texture from the outside and smooth on the inside. The material does not change its place and remains complete. With a USB-C you can charge your phone even during workout or while powering the wearable. What is also important, SKIINCore is safe to wash in a washing machine.

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The project SKIINCore took three years of studies and work. The concept was awarded by IDTechEx and the Canadian Printable Electronics Symposium.

SKIIN is the world’s first Textile Computing platform. The company Myant, SKIIN’s parent company, helped to develop the project of the brand new kind of clothes. Myant carries out research, development, prototyping, testing, and full production of textile computing components and finished products.

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Polish designer Aleksandra Gaca as a co-creator of RENAULT SYMBIOZ concept

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The Renault new concept presents a vision of the car of the future that is not only a vehicle but also a part of a home. The French car manufacturer tries to show what will be the role of their design in 2030. To work on the textile part of the project Renault invited Aleksandra Gaca, a Polish designer born in Lodz.

symbioz car

symbioz car

Apart from the car, a special house coherent with Symbioz was designed and built. Both of the projects were made with similar materials and construction solutions. Symbioz was designed by the Marchi Architects, a recognized and awarded studio, while the textile interior of the car was a project of Aleksandra Gaca. She is a Polish designer living and working in the Netherlands, a graduate of the Royal Academy of Art in Hague.

symbioz car

symbioz car

A liveable car

During her work, Gaca pursued the idea of creating a coherent interior of the car and the house so it could be liveable. Moreover, it would be a mobile part of the modern house. The creator decided to use a new version of 3D Bloko textile and incorporate it into the whole project. It is worth mentioning that Symbioz is an electric car created to be in a harmony with natural environment. It is autonomous and has mobile technological solutions. It was designed considering almost all of the main aspects of the related with the car usage. The concept was developed by a panel of experts (planners, designers, engineers, scientists, architects, sociologists and start-ups), who worked on the complete solution fitting 2030.

Polish part

Aleksandra Gaca became famous by creating three-dimensional textiles and by experiments with materials and techniques. In 2012 she became a laureate of the Design Alive Awards, was honourably recognized in the Best Professional Product category on Dutch Design Week and won the first prize in the Design District Awards. Next years came with even more recognition and cooperation with famous designers. Gaca’s structural textiles with architectural texture give new possibilities for a flow of sound. Thanks to that the textiles are perfect for various projects such as public spaces, banks, airports, and fashion houses.

symbioz car

symbioz car

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Aleksandra Gaca

What is the future of sleep?

Heimtextil 2018 Messe Frankfurt Exhibition GmbH / Jochen Günther

Apart from diet and exercise routine, sleep plays a crucial role in maintaining physical and mental health. The forthcoming international textile fair in Frankfurt – Heimtextil is going to be a great opportunity to learn what is new in the sleep industry.

Various researches show that inadequate amount of sleep leads to serious health problems, no matter the diet and physical activity. Moreover, analysis of patients led to an obvious conclusion: our sleep is getting growingly worse. Today we know much more about sleep than ever before so it is much easier to find new ways for our sleep improvement.
During the fair international experts will present new discoveries and advise the guests on how to improve the effectiveness of their sleep.

Sleep control

Undoubtedly it is worth to mention a new device designed and produced by the French company Withings, that monitors the course of our sleep. The Sleep consists of a mat and sensors that are compatible with our smartphones. The app informs us about the condition and quality of our night and provides users with useful tips which help in incorporating healthy habits into our everyday lives.
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Inspired by top sports stars

Nick Littlehales, who is a sleep coach to many famous athletes such as C. Ronaldo or L. Hamilton will be present at the event. According to Littlehales opinion sleeping habits of top sports stars can and should be implemented in everyone’s life.

Modern tent

During Heimtextil you will also have a chance to attend a world premiere of Sleep Cube designed by Sleeperoo company. Sleep Cube is a modern option for a tent in the shape of a capsule. It ensures comfort for two persons and comes with 3 panoramic windows that enable to admire the surroundings and the sky.

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Ecology in your bedroom

Sustainable materials are getting more attention ultimately even in the bedroom industry. For that reason, there is going to be a block of lectures carried out by several experts. They will talk about the quality of processing and usage of sustainable materials. You will also learn how to understand an ecological way of life from both the consumer and retailer side.

How to keep your home safe from smog and pollution?

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Young woman wearing protective mask in the city street, smog and air pollution during winter

Heating season has just started. The dangerously high level of smog in the air too. Even though it seems a typical phenomenon for winter and autumn the air pollution index can also be a problem during summer, especially on hot days.

There are many ways to fight against air pollution. If you want to protect yourself you can buy special anti-pollution masks. Unfortunately, their effectiveness and comfort in use are not sufficient and appropriate for everyone (e.g. for small children). This might limit the protection against air pollution outdoors. Fortunately, the problem is more simple to resolve at home.

Anti-smog grid

Today we can buy so-called anti-smog and anti-pollution grids. They are made of nanofibers and can stop even the smallest particle. According to the manufacturer, the grid does not allow to pass any harmful particles like those coming from exhaust fumes and smog. It can also detain pollen what might be important for allergic people. The grid also protects against excessive heat and insects.

How does it work?

The way the grid works is very simple. The membrane is installed on an aluminum frame and later on the window. It looks similar to mosquito net but is less permeable what could be a disadvantage on cloudy days. The grid protects against the sun, so might be useful especially during the summer. It is not installed for good so you can always take it off the window. To install the grid there is no need to interfere in a window frame or wall construction and will last at least 3 years.
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www.fakro.pl/innoview/cleanair/markiza-filtrujaca/

At first sight, the price might seem a little too high, but after considering its great properties it can be considered an investment that pays off in the future. In addition, the grid doesn’t have to be installed on every window. The most recommended are those which are more often opened.

Bulletproof vest: polish specialty Are “fluid” bulletproof vests going to be produced in Poland?

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The invention of bulletproof vests is related to a work of polish inventors in the late nineteenth century. Today Poles are working again on the improvement of this invention. The scientists from Technical University in Warsaw, Institute of Security Technologies Moratex in Lodz and Military Institute of Armament Technology created a product which can improve protective properties of bulletproof vests.

 

The invention of bulletproof vests

The bulletproof vest was created thanks to work of two polish inventors: Jan Szczepanik and Kazimierz Żegleń. Żegleń was a priest living in the United States. He was once a witness to assasination attempt. Later he decided to design a kind of lightweight armor to protect people in the future. The vest was made of several layers of close-woven silk impregnated with a special substance. The ingredients of the impregnant were kept a secret by the author. In 1897 Żegleń patented his invention. This way the first individual bulletproof armor was created.
The same time in his workshop in Vienna Jan Szczepanik was testing a bulletproof material. Tests proved that spread on the screen fabric which was also invigorated with a thin layer of sheet metal could stop not only bullets revolver caliber 8 mm but also Mannlicher rifle which penetrated 12 mm steel plate from 100 m distance.

 

Refined bulletproof vests

So far a ballistic material was used in bulletproof vests to protect against the dangerous effects of the shot. The material was rather stiff so it resulted impossible to use it for joints and neck protection. Polish product partly substituted a ballistic material with a special liquid, which reduces the weight and stiffness of the vest and the level it bends under bullets pressure. The process of the production of the mentioned liquid was followed with tests of almost 200 samples and took almost 2 years.
The usage of the liquid will allow to reduce the costs. The solution met with internauts approval and the product obtained the “Focus Lens 2015” price.

Reasons why you should wear wool

Natural wool is a perfect kind of material to protect against cold. Its excellent properties make it a good choice for everyone who gets cold easily. It has also a wide range of properties to improve your health condition. Check out why you should have more clothes made with wool in your wardrobe.

Kinds of wool

• merino: is a kind of wool obtained from merino sheep. Its fiber is long and elastic what makes it crush-resistant. Moreover, its very thin fibers strengthen the soft feeling. Merino wool doesn’t itch almost at all. Is very warm but at the same time absorbs humidity. Is even used to produce thermal underwear. Merino wool has a big amount of natural fats, so it doesn’t get dirty easily.
• Cashmere: the most expensive from all kinds of wool stands out with its soft and brilliant shine. We can differentiate the two kinds of cashmere. The first one is the most valuable with a soft feeling. The second one is made with thick fibers not as smooth as the first one. Clothes made with cashmere are quite expensive so not everyone can afford it.

• Mohair: this kind of wool stands out with its silky shine. Is delicate and doesn’t have a tendency to cluster together.

Properties and usage

Wool soothes ailments such as muscles, joints, and spinal diseases. It’s the healthiest thermoregulator product that is used to produce clothes, shoes, and blankets. Absorbs sweat so it’s perfect for pillows and quilts production. Thanks to the regular temperature of 36,6 Celsius degrees maintenance limits bacteria multiplication.

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Main characteristics:

1. perfect thermo-insulation properties,
2. noise-absorbing properties,
3. high hygroscopic characteristics,
4. UV radiation absorption
5. biodegradability

Wool – perfect to recycle

Natural wool is a perfect material to recycle. Self-made jumper which already looks worn-out can be easily shaved and later undone. The obtained wool base can be used again for the next product.

Care and usage

Products made with natural wool require a lot of care, hand washing, and flat drying. Clothes made with wool shouldn’t hang on the hanger to avoid stretching.

A great number of wool properties makes this kind of material a perfect choice for high-quality products. Despite its higher price, it’s often worth buying to enjoy the product for longer.

Edible plant sources of fibers in textiles

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It is obvious that natural fibers have been used for ages to produce textiles. Nowadays our natural environment is full of synthetic textile waste so researchers, scientists, and designers are looking up for some new ways and sources to produce clothes.

It could seem unimaginable but wouldn’t it be great to reduce the amount of polyester, acrylic, nylon, acetate, spandex, latex and other all massively sold by high street stores? All those toxins which affect our health and the health of the planet are not indifferent at all. Edible sources of fiber are already well-known to a public audience. Various exhibitions presented the latest discoveries in that field. Some of the examples you can see below:

Bananas

Bananas have already been used in Japan in 13th-century to make a fabric similar to cotton. In 2014 banana silk fiber came to the general public with a dress made entirely of dried banana leaves creation of Ditta Sandico.

Banana leaf

Nettle

Nettle usually becomes popular in times of crisis. For example during WWI in central Europe countries because of limited possibilities to import cotton, the clothes, including German uniforms were made of nettle. In the second half of the twentieth century, the USSR produced nettle ropes and fabrics for dressings.

nettle slippersNettle slippers

 

Citrus fiber

Citrus fiber is the first fiber made of citrus fruit. It is silky in appearance and biodegradable.

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Fermented alcohol

There is also a new fabric created from the fermentation of alcoholic beverages. The fabric is red for the red wine, translucent to white and amber colour for beer.

beer dressFermented beer-dress

Coffee

Coffee is used to recycle coffee grounds for fabric but also extract a high concentration of essential coffee oil which is re-used in textiles and also can be used in cosmetics.

coffee dressCoffee dress at Textifood in Milano

 

Bacteria

Fashion designers have been experimenting with other organic sources to produce clothing.  Suzanne Lee was inspired to design from bacteria which grows on Kombucha a healthy drink, a mixture of bacteria and yeast, originated in China in 220 BC.

bacteria clothBio culture clothing designed by Suzanne Lee

Textile trends for 2019 according to Nina Ryszka- Fast Textile Fair organizer

We talked with Nina Ryszka about the future of the Fast Textile Fair and textile design trends for the upcoming year. Check what is the forecast for 2019 seasons in textile department.

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Nina Ryszka, scianka.pl

For five years you have been organizing the Fast Textile Fair, the most important event in textile industry, from where came the idea to create such an event?

For 25 years, the Ptak Company has been the leader in creating clothing sales platform for manufacturers and importers, wholesalers and retailers. The wholesale center in Rzgów is the most known clothing center in Europe as the łódzki region is the place where the textile industry was born. The Fair is an answer to the needs of clothing manufacturers who want to buy fabrics, machines, add-ons and accessories during one single event. Clothing textiles are the base of this fair, but what drives it forward is the search for industries where textiles are also used. The exhibitors’ interest, not only those from Poland but also from abroad, enabled us to create the ever-growing event recognized all around the world. The International Fast Textile Fair is the only such prestigious and professional event in Poland. What is more, Ptak Warsaw Expo is the largest trade fair and congress center in the Central Europe with such a unique location – perfect place in Poland for exhibitors both from Poland and from abroad.

Why do you think it is worth to take part in the International Fast Textile Fair ?

Participation in this fair is a way of promotion – it toughen the company image and the possibility of gaining professional knowledge about the offered products. It’s worth to remember who is the target group of our offer. Do we want to show all we can offer, or we focus only on the needs of a specific target group. Apart from that, every exhibitor should encourage their customers and contractors to participate in this fair as it allows to uphold the long-term business relations.

Each year more companies present their products, last year you hosted over 400 exhibitors from over 40 countries. How many exhibitors do you expect to host this year? And from where will they come from?

It is the only fair in Poland during which you can meet exhibitors both from Poland and from abroad. A large group of Exhibitors would have their stands in the National Pavilions, including i.a. Turkey, Italy, China, Pakistan, Taiwan, India and Iran. What is more, companies from France, Germany, Russia, Czech Republic, Ukraine, Portugal, Denmark, Uzbekistan, Greece, Netherlands, Belarus, Estonia, Spain, England and Latvia will present their products. During the 5th anniversary edition we will host over 500 exhibitors.

Do you think that the fair is a good place to establish new business relations since a great deal of contracts is concluded in virtual world?

For big and acknowledged companies, the fair is a way of grounding their position on the market. For small companies it’s an opportunity to promote and to present themselves among the best in front of the present customers. Nowadays, the virtual flow of data is necessary in businesses, and liked by the subjects. However, nothing can replace the meetings and establishing direct relationship between the manufacturers and the buyers.

Can we already say what will be trendy in 2019 season?

The most awaited part of the fair is the grand opening of the Trends Zone, which will take place on 22nd November at 10am. It’s an exclusive zone in which we create and promote fashion. While preparing this event, we encourage all Exhibitors to deliver their products: fabrics, knit-goods, machines, fashionable compositions or accessories to the Trends Zone. The exposition will be prepared by the designer basing on the trends from the biggest fashion houses. It will be presented on hangings – modern furniture with backlight.

In what direction will the fair go in the future?

The goal will be the same: to develop the fair in the international field, to support polish companies but also to think globally, to meet the needs and demands of exhibitors and visitors. This year edition of the fair is exquisitely important as the Ptak company celebrates 25th anniversary of operation, and it was Rzgów were the first two edition of the fair took place. We would like to already invite you to participate in the next edition of the International Fast Textile Fair which will take place from 22nd to 24th November 2018 in Ptak Warsaw Expo!

 

Environment-friendly fashion

Environment-friendly textiles fibers lab

Materials made in laboratories are attracting designers attention. Bolt Thread company is introducing textiles harmless for nature which can change the future of both high fashion and casual clothing. Are environment-friendly textiles a feasible option?

Spider’s web

Many times nature was a source of inspiration for scientists and artists alike. A current trend for eco lifestyle is growing strong bringing many solutions for environmental protection. Bolt Threads company is not turning a blind eye and started research of nature-friendly fibers, which may impact modern clothing.

Studies on silk proteins spun by spiders allowed to discover what makes their properties so incredible. Therefore Bolt Threads manufactured proteins based on natural silk using bioengineering to place genes in yeast. They can produce large quantities of proteins thanks to the fermentation process which involves the presence of sugar, water, and yeast. Then they extract the liquid silk protein and spin it into fibers just as acrylic and rayon fibers are made. To make fabrics, the fibers are knitted or weaved. The first creation of Bolt Threads was Microsilk – a synthetic spider thread made without spiders. Microsilk excels in endurance and, however, these properties can be altered according to the needs. The significant advantage in favor of these type of fibers is their complete biodegradation. This can have a great effect on the environment that is already polluted with polyester, dyes, and other harmful substances.

First sales

A year ago Bolt Thread started the sale of their very first product – a tie made of synthetic spider silk. The next was a hat made of a combination of wool and the fiber. The production wasn’t massive, but it was a step forward the changes on the clothing market as well as in a fashion industry. Stella McCartney, a fashion designer well known for her sustainable and luxurious fashion design incorporated the fiber in her designs. Meanwhile, Bolt Thread company began cooperation with Ecovative to develop the ecological leather made of mycelium, the root structure of mushrooms.

Fashion natural fibre Bodysuit designed by Stella McCartney using Bolt Threads silk. 

The process seems to develop, new ideas come up. Maybe in near future, we are going to find fully biodegradable clothing in our stores.

A stick-on patch can take blood pressure readings

The last time you had your blood pressure checked, it was probably at a doctor’s office with a bulky cuff wrapped around your arm. One day soon, perhaps, you will just need a simple stick-on patch on your neck, no bigger than a postage stamp.

That’s the goal of Sheng Xu and his team at the University of California, San Diego, who are working on a patch that can continuously measure someone’s central blood pressure—the pressure of blood coursing beyond your aorta, the artery in your heart that delivers blood to all the different parts of the body. It could make it a lot easier to monitor heart conditions and keep an eye on other vital organs like the liver, lungs, and brain.

The silicon elastomer patch works by sending out ultrasonic waves that penetrate the skin and reflect off the wearer’s tissues and blood. Those reflections are sent back to the sensor, and then to a laptop that processes the blood pressure data (for now, at least, the patch must be wired to a laptop and a power source, too). It is the first known wearable device that can sense deep below the surface of the skin. In theory, the patch could be used at home to monitor patients over time. And because it’s not inserted into the body, there’s no risk of infection.

“You can’t wear a blood pressure cuff all the time,” Xu says.

The device can provide a lot more information than you can get with a standard blood pressure cuff. This information, Xu believes, can be useful for keeping an eye on patients with conditions like hypertension or a history of heart attack. The patch can be placed right near the jugular vein, it can measure how much blood is streaming into the heart. That might make it helpful for spotting whether someone is dehydrated, he says.

“It could turn out that central blood pressure has more predictive value in terms of outcomes in the future, but as of now we don’t have that much data,” he says.

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