The textile world at a glance: From art to history

Magazine

December 2017

The textile world at a glance:
From art to history

Welcome. 

We are always coming across textiles in areas we did not expect to find them. They are assuming roles that we never thought they would. What's more, they provide true added value – be it through the reusability of former disposable products or by reducing weight in the area of life science engineering. At the same time, textiles do not belong among the discoveries of the 21st century compared to other innovative materials, they look back to a long history. Textile production during the Industrial Revolution was even said to be a key industry because it facilitated the creation and development of additional industrial sectors. Nevertheless, the actual technology used to produce textiles has changed very little since then. This means that we have machines today that create loops and pierce webs at tremendous speed. However, the technology behind this is primarily based on the same principles, like processes that were once done manually. There is likely a bit of the fascination here that is still produced in people by the process of loop creation and fabric production, even in this digital age, so it should not come as a surprise that textiles keep establishing themselves in new fields of application.

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to topKnitting

Lumen – knitted light

The use of textiles to create living spaces is a long-practiced tradition. Thousands of years ago, they were used for dwellings like tents. In the recent past, textiles have experienced renewed interest in terms of functional and aesthetic aspects, not just in pure design, thus combining architecture, practicality, and art.

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to topWeaving

World of Weaving – a textile surface that can be used in countless ways (Part II)

In the summer, we enjoy the shade under awnings or relax on our couch in front of our home theater. In doing so, we come into daily contact with household textiles, though we rarely see, even if we look closely, that they are made of woven fabrics. There is also a reason for this: you would need a trained eye to recognize materials that are the second-most used woven fabric on the global market, next to clothing fabric. We will take a closer look at this area of fabric in the second part of this series of topics.

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to topFelting

Groz-Beckert presents: the new HyTec® P jet strip

In the year 2004 Groz-Beckert began to produce jet strips. Since that time the company has become a leading producer. This year, the Subdivision Felting introduced its newest innovation in the area of jet strips: the HyTec® P.

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to topTufting

The success story of tufted carpet

 

Rugs have adorned the living spaces of people for millennia. Their use as wall decoration as well as to cover floors and upholstery has also been passed down from antiquity. Today, this versatile use of the rug has, however, become limited to the Far East almost exclusively. In other parts of the world, rugs are finding use again merely as floor coverings. However, how old is the process of tufting really, and where does it originally come from?

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to topCarding

Groz-Beckert takes over warehouse and sales administration

Until now, carding products have been shipped both from the site in Belgium and from Albstadt. As of 1 December 2017, all logistics activities will be centralized at Groz-Beckert headquarters in Albstadt. As such Carding will benefit from Groz-Beckert's proven processes. For you as a customer, only your contact person will change, and you will be advised of the relevant contact details directly.

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Clothing and sewing technology changing over time

Even today, clothing is still one of our three basic needs as people, in addition to food and shelter. Originally used as protection against environmental influences such as rain or cold, today clothing also serves to communicate a message, to protect against other dangers, and also as a means of self-expression. Sewing and sewing technology also developed along with clothing. Without this progress, we wouldn't have the clothing that we know today.

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