A History of Dyes, from Ancient Egypt to Cancer Treatment

by Adam Pursell, Hon Secretary of SDC’s North of England region.

The Mike Crabtree Memorial Lecture was a big success again this year, building on everyone’s enjoyment of last year.

The evening started off with a hot buffet which was enjoyed by everyone in attendance, over 50 people sharing a meal over stories and experiences. A broad spectrum of people had gathered to listen to Dr Christine Holdstock’s fascinating talk on “a history of dyes, from ancient Egypt to cancer treatment”. After the meal, formalities had to be undertaken, and it was time to present a couple of awards. North of England Chair Dr Muriel Rigout took the floor and introduced SDC Past President Trevor Larkins.

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Irish design students focus on colour and the circular economy

Fashion and textile design undergraduates from four institutions across Ireland came together at the National College of Art and Design, Dublin on 23rd June, for the Irish heat of the SDC International Design Competition 2017. The students were competing to win a place at the Grand Final which takes place in November in Sri Lanka.

The brief was to ‘explore and demonstrate the creative, imaginative, technical and original use of colour in either fashion or textiles suitable for a circular economy’.  

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The Importance of Sustainable Fashion

By Dr K S Murthy, Pidilite Industries Ltd

India is the second largest cotton producer, consumer and exporter in the world. Textiles contribute to about 14% GDP and 14.4% to fabric exports. The fine and longest staple cotton Suvin Ratna (Cotton Association of India), Jewel of Cotton and Hemp or industrial hemp (BOHECO) are gaining importance besides standards, compliance, certification and sustainability. In view of this SDC EC in association with B D Somani Institute organised this seminar.

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