5 Interwoven trends that will shape the look of 2022 and beyond

HIGH POINT — Textile manufacturers are gearing up for a packed house at the upcoming Interwoven show, the bi-annual International Textile Alliance tradeshow previously known as Showtime that will take place in High Point May 22-25.

“The show has an exciting new name, and based on appointments at our Regal and Kindred showrooms, we’re expecting full attendance, something we haven’t seen since before the pandemic,” said Anne Hood, Regal Fabrics merchandising director.

Regal Fabrics is launching six new collections including a lush new cotton print quality and a mix of low-cost body fabrics merchandised together with coordinating jacquards, prints, embroideries and velvets.

Chunky textures

After two years of limited travel and increased dependency on technology, there is a big world out there waiting to be explored, according to Milliken Textiles.

The company is introducing its new collection, re:Discover, at Interwoven. It features fabrics inspired by chunky textures that are designed to bring the adventures of the world home. The collection includes 202 SKUs of performance fabrics with a non-PFAS water repellent finish in 23 patterns.

“Consumers are increasingly experimenting with texture by pairing fabrics like flat weaves with bouclés to bring more dimension into a space,” said Greg Voorhis, Sunbrella’s executive design director. “We’re constantly expanding our yarn bank to incorporate new and innovative textures that encourage layering techniques like these, which are becoming more popular and can make a space feel dynamic.”

Sunbrella is also seeing a surge in plush ribbed fabrics and corduroy-type textures, an idea that’s emphasized in its Roving pattern, which has a very subtle stria in the ground, as well as the ribbed texture of its Burton pattern.

Sattler Outdura, a division of The Sattler Group, is presenting its new Virage collection at Interwoven that includes solution-dyed acrylic fabrics which are punctuated by four distinct fabric statements. Virage offers 176 jacquards, textured dobbies and stripe selections that are ideal for outdoors or in.

“The Outdura Virage collection communicates creativity, courage, success, individuality and the positive changes that we have all gone through the past couple of years,” said Mariia Elizarova, Sattler Corp. senior designer for the casual furniture division. “All four fabric statements have a wide array of base cloths and accent fabrics, offering designers, retailers and consumers diverse and well-coordinated color palettes and fabric groupings, yet also providing an opportunity to combine their selections to present their own unique personalized style.”

The four new fabric statements include: Be Bold, which plays with the contrasts of confident but calm colors with passionate and ambitious brick, gold and brown shades found in earth, fire and animal prints; Escape, which celebrates the neutrals and subtler colors found in nature, building on the idea of escaping from a modern technology-driven world to a restful, peaceful sanctuary; Digital, which is vibrant and optimistic, sparking energy and joy while communicating a positive meaningful message through bright colors and modern patterns; and Tranquil, which  offers modern, minimalistic yet refreshing color solutions inspired by motifs found in global waters from vast oceans to rivers and streams.

Revolution Mills/STI is debuting its largest launch in a long time between residential and outdoor product.

“We’ve developed our heaviest bouclé ever,” said Glen Read, Revolution Mills/STI signature designer. “We are continuing to blend the lines between outdoor and indoor. Looking ahead, we believe performance will be a checkmark with textures that can be by the swimming pool for years to come.

“We really have a nice synergy between outdoor and indoor that has expanded our yarn pallet and the offerings we have, which now include 300 SKUs and colors plus warps.”

Global patterns, natural influences

When it comes to a global influence, Covington is introducing a fresh combination of prints, wovens and embroideries inspired by a resurgence of artistic expression from various decades. The company also is offering a wide assortment of wovens and textures, with both multi-colored textures and sculptured chenilles.

Some key patterns include Wow, a digital print that was inspired by the retro “pop” style of the Memphis design movement from the 1980s; Flourish, a printed floral damask with a William Morris influence; and Bickleigh, a printed tonal design that can is comprised of 75% cotton and 25% linen which adds surface interest to the pattern’s sophistication.

“This season, Richloom’s Platinum collection takes inspiration from our collective desire to seek comfort and inspiration in nature,” said Sara Thomas, Richloom marketing director. “In the popular children’s book Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett, a spoiled young orphan is sent to a manor house in the English countryside, where her discovery and revival of a secret garden sets in motion her transformation into a kind and compassionate, happy soul.”

Thomas said the novel that inspires the new collection offers a place of retreat and inspiration where creative seekers open quiet avenues to explore their art and reconnect with the natural world.

Ultrasuede is introducing a new geometric pattern that’s most often seen in cotton or wool fabrications.

The small-scale twill pattern in Ultrasuede HP is created with a dye print using rotary screens. Available in five colorways, the pattern is evocative of a classic “zig zag” textile weave used in the production of denim garments, suiting or the iconic wool overcoats produced in Scotland.

Sunbrella’s new Interwoven collection features a fresh palette with fabrics in earth tones and sunbaked colors which highlight modern graphic geos, artisanal and block-printing-inspired techniques, and updated interpretations of classic stripes.

At the center of this collection is Roving, a new chenille body cloth, and Ascher, which features a slub yarn and linen texture.

“Our design team seeks inspiration from around the world to create fabrics that go beyond trends and complement all design aesthetics,” said Sunbrella’s Voorhis. “In terms of color, we’re seeing continued preferences for earthy hues and sunbaked shades, as these bring feelings of warmth, familiarity and comfort to a space.

“From traditional botanical prints to updated stripes and block-printing-inspired motifs, our new collection was designed to include various jacquards in a similarly soft and dusty palette while still feeling fresh and contemporary.”

Environment in mind

Featuring a combination of recycled polyester, recycled acrylic and virgin acrylic, Sunbrella ReFlections by Richard Frinier, will be seen for the first time at Interwoven.

Sunbrella has also expanded its ReCycle fabric offering and will be introducing seven new patterns. Two of these seven, Lengthen and Improve, feature a new bouclé yarn. All of Sunbrella’s ReCycle fabrics contain at least 50% recycled polyester and include the company’s Assure non-PFAS technology.

With greens, corals, deep blues and soft neutrals, this collection incorporates a range of colors, textures and patterns that can be layered together to elevate any space, according to the company. As with all Sunbrella fabrics, these textiles are designed to perform and made with the environment in mind.

Culp’s new Earth collection showcases some of the company’s latest introductions of its recycled LiveSmart Evolve fabrics.

“The Earth collection is both elegant and refined, and it invokes the simplistic Scandinavian lifestyle and aesthetic,” according to the company. “The muted weathered tones of Earth, ensure a soothing environment filled with beautiful materials, natural finishes and pared-back design. Our sustainable product keeps furniture and home accessories looking and feeling beautiful while helping to divert plastics from landfills, oceans and waterways to create a more sustainable future for everyone.”

To date, the company’s Evolve fabrics have upcycled more than 86 million water bottles and counting.

Valdese Weavers will have eight new introductions from its environmentally friendly InsideOut Performance Fabrics + Seaqual Initiative collection centered around several sophisticated chenille and bouclé textures. This group also includes a classic cut-velvet effect stripe and a graphic mini chair-scale.

The company will also feature a new collection of 20 fabrics using yarns made from recycled T-shirts.

Performance qualities

Building upon the signature softness, performance capabilities, and industry-leading sustainable properties of its inaugural launch, Supreen’s new menswear-inspired patterns will debut at Interwoven and “offer a fresh yet decidedly classic upholstery option for commercial spaces from healthcare to hospitality alike”, according to the company.

The three new wool-inspired textures are reminiscent of houndstooth, heathered flannel and tweed men’s suiting, the patterns combine Supreen’s original, revolutionary liquid-barrier and stain-resistance with an element of luxury.

“Replicating the regal tones and classic textures often observed in the world of men’s fashion, the new Supreen patterns evoke a sense of warmth not often associated with performance fabrics,” said Debbye Lustig, Supreen ’s vice president of design.

“Like any fine suit, we designed these patterns with comfort and luxury in mind,” she added. “We wanted the new textures to do more than just feel good, and by pairing both neutral and bold colorways with the recognizable timelessness of the three wool-like patterns, we were able to achieve a balance of modern and traditional design, in a very subdued yet eye-catching manner.”

Neutrals staying strong

The new collection from American Leather being introduced this market is called Leather Symphony, which features a harmonious complexity of leathers.

“This season’s introductions embrace light finishes that celebrate the natural characteristics of the hides, featuring very elegant color palettes, cozy textures and the superb hand our leathers are known for,” said Luisa L. Delmaso, American Leather upholstery leather coordinator. “We created this magnificent array with the intention to fit all of our client’s needs, ranging from beautiful high end aniline leathers, specialty looks for accent frames and going all the way to economic options for high volume manufacturers that strive for quality.”

For its part, Ultrafabrics plans to debut Hush, a curated selection of 14 white and off-white fabrics that “express the full power of this calming and often overlooked neutral,” according to the company.

Hush introduces three new whites to the Lino, Impasto and Montage ranges, while celebrating collections like Brisa, Coast, Promessa and Ultraleather. The new lines balance visual appeal and comfort with flexible functionality, which is designed to take away the fear factor of using this pale shade.

Available solutions for the new fabrics include breathability, outdoor-specific attributes, and ink and stain protection.

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