By Bill Skidmore
In October we attended a joint meeting of the SDC Midlands Region and Nottingham Society of Technical Dyers. The speaker for this event was Charles Ross, a visiting lecturer and specialist in performance sportswear design and sustainability.
Before stating what the lecture was about, one must comment about the excellent attendance from both societies. It was really good to see a mixture and span from students to more mature members; there was at least one young student who had travelled down from Leeds University. The allocated room for the event was overflowing.
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.
Dave Ablard, Global Head – Marketing for Jay Chemical Industries Ltd highlights some common technical problems. Can you suggest any solutions?
Have you found it difficult to find reactive dyestuffs for cold pad-batch and pad-dry-chemical pad-steam processes which will give acceptable results on 100% cotton peach fabric?
You are not alone, because many dyehouses experience one or more of the following problems in difficult medium to heavy tertiary bottomwear shades:-