The Japan External Trade Organisation (JETRO), a government-based firm, will host its first Japan Textile Salon on January 17 and 18, in New York City. The event will take place at The Altman Building. An exclusive selection of 22 textile exhibitors was chosen to showcase design techniques and the use of various fabrication and materials. The aim of the show is to increase sales and distribution channels within the US market for each exhibitor, states JETRO.
The Textile Salon will introduce Japanese colour trends for the upcoming spring 2019 season with a focus two themes: Moon Night Diver, a compilation of blues purples and greens that “depict the interplay of light and show;” and Biotech Lab, a “nature-inspired” palette comprised of botanical greens and blue-greens. Notable fabrics on display include organic cotton, Coolmax, premium fabrics made by a special circular loom that employs a traditional silk braiding technology and water-repellent stretch fabrics. Technologies that will be on display include inkjet printing techniques and traditional Japanese hand-printing methods.
Asuka Yatabe, Project Coordinator for JETRO says the exhibitors selected are among the top weavers, design studios and manufacturers as this show is extremely focused. He noted that the companies selected for the salon are “highly compatible” with the global market. Each exhibitor was selected because of his or her contribution to the show’s “uniqueness” regarding novelty in textures, fabric innovation or use of natural materials; craftsmanship in printing techniques or technology; functionality, or utilitarian fabrics, ecology and for the use of sustainable materials.