International Summit on Textile Coloration

Sustainability is at the heart of this forthcoming event in Sri Lanka, which takes place on 8th March and is organised by SDC International.

Most people will be familiar with the story of the Emperor’s New Clothes in the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale. This summit will play the role of Andersen’s small boy and tackle some of the difficult questions around technical innovation and environmental sustainability within the textile coloration industry.

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Who grew my jeans?

by SDC’s Education Manager, Cat Blackwell

Yves Saint-Laurent once stated that jeans “are expressive and discreet, they have sex appeal and simplicity, everything I could want for the clothes I design.” But what are jeans made out of and why are they so popular?

In the 1860s blue jeans were first invented by Levi Strauss to be worn as a strong and durable material for the workwear market. Over the years they have remained in fashion and become one of the most popular casual wear items today.

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A brilliant new blue pigment soon to be added to the Colour Index

A new inorganic pigment, discovered as the result of an accident, is now reaching the market place and will shortly be added to the Colour IndexTM.

The pigment is a brilliant blue, known as “YInMn” blue. It’s based on an oxide made of Yttrium(Y), Indium (In) and Manganese (Mn). The YInMn name is shorthand for that. The pigment will be used in a wide range of coatings and plastics.

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