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India, Africa trade to boost trade upto $90b by 2015

India, Africa trade to boost trade upto $90b by 2015

Indian-African joint trade is projected to go up to $90 billion by 2015. India-Africa bilateral trade has reached US $ 60 bn. in the year 2011. The Meeting of the India-Africa Trade Ministers was co-chaired by Dr. Maxwell M. Mkwezalamba, Commissioner for Economic Affairs, African Union Commission, and Anand Sharma, Union Minister of Commerce, Industry and Textiles of India. The Ministers launched the First India-Africa Business Council (IABC).

The Union Commerce, Industry and Textiles Minister, Mr Anand Sharma said: “A 20-fold growth within a decade is indeed an achievement worth applauding. I propose that given the current growth rate, we may agree to revise the trade target to $90 billion by 2015.” The council will propose the way forward on attractive economic and commercial relations between India and Africa and also spot and address issues which hinder growth of economic partnership between India and Africa. The proposed incorporated clusters are likely to garner investments of $350 million and generate employment for 60,000 textile workers.

It also announced the launch of the Cotton Technical Assistance Programme in the C-4 countries Malawi, Nigeria and Uganda. During the 7th edition of the Conclave, 200 projects worth $18 billion were discussed. One of the highlight of this years is that it will see over 250 projects worth close to 30 Billion USD of projects being discussed.


March 19, 2012 Posted by | Designs, News, Textile Design | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Nourison partners with Barclay Butera on new rug collection

Nourison will partner with Californian lifestyle designer Barclay Butera to create a line of rugs next month. Nourison and Californian lifestyle designer Barclay Butera have signed a new brand licensing agreement. The new designs will debut at the Spring High Point Market in Nourison’s showroom in the IHFC’s Interhall. Alex Peykar, principal at Nourison said: “Barclay has a unique brand image, design style and loyal customer base that will help us reach a completely new market demographic.” Butera said: “This company is unparalleled in their product development capabilities, their marketing efforts, and their customer service. We look forward with tremendous anticipation to this launch and are thrilled to be able to offer this collection to the industry.”

Barclay and Nourison will co-host a debut event on Sunday April 22nd in the Nourison showroom to celebrate the launch and show off the new line. Barclay Butera has been redefining luxury throughout his entire career. Butera has also partnered with the Kravet Textiles and Carpets , Bradburn Lighting , Eastern Accents Bedding , Merida Natural Fiber Rugs, Wendover Art Group Zodax Home Décor and Fragrance and Kravet for Benjamin Moore Paint in the home furnishing industry to make his unique style available to anyone who wants to add a touch of glamour to their home.

2012 will see the launch of Butera’s second book, Barclay Butera – Living on the Coast, as well as a comprehensive line of machine-made carpets with Nourison and a gorgeous collection of decorative mirrors with Mirror Image debuting at High Point Market. Butera’s brand image, design style and loyal customer base will help the company reach a new market demographic said Nourison principal Alex Peykar.

March 2, 2012 Posted by | Designs, News, Textile Design | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Red Dot Award Design Concept 2012 – Open For Entries

Red Dot Award Design Concept 2012 is open for entries. Red Dot Design Award is an international product design prize awarded by the Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen in Essen, Germany. Why don’t you try to submit your innovative idea to Red Dot Award Design Concept 2012. The Award calls upon designers, companies, design institutions and design studios to submit their latest and best idea, as a product with good design, to the competition.

The red dot award: design concept has been accepting entries in English, German, Chinese and Korean since 2011. The goal of the award is to be the essential platform that take apart good ideas with good design solutions from the mediocre, to provide a professional appraisal and internationally recognized seal that gives an advantage to the design and designer in the aggressive market. From now till 29 February 2012, submit your entry for early submission discounts. The award closes on 27 June 2012.

Ken Koo, red dot design award Asia President said: “The aim is to pitch concept design to the highest level, which is why there is no student or professional categories. All submissions are treated as equal without any prejudice towards young designers.”

There are prize categories for product design, design agencies, and design concepts. The competition is open to several fields of manufacturing, including, but not limited to furniture, home appliances, machines, cars and tools.

The competition focuses on young, up-and-coming creative talents, designers and design companies around the world. In 2008, there were over 3.200 submissions from 51 countries for the product design prize, over 5,800 submissions for the communication design prize and 1,900 entries from 46 countries.

The deadline for entries is June 27, 2012.

February 17, 2012 Posted by | Designs, News, Textile Design | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

DyStar joined the Sustainable Apparel Coalition

DyStar has joined the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC), the collaborative venture established in 2011 by leading apparel retailers, suppliers and manufacturers with participation from educational and NGOs. DyStar Colours Deutschland GmbH is a top provider of products and services for the textile and leather industry. DyStar was founded in 1995 as a joint venture from Bayer AG, Hoechst AG and Mitsubishi.

DyStar is the leading global supplier of dyes and chemicals to the textile industry has a long history of action to reduce the environmental impact of the supply chain and also just issued its first corporate Sustainability Report prepared according to GRI principles.

DyStar will facilitate to boost communication on chemical needs along the stipulation chain and to reduce the chance of classy product recollects as a result of chemical contamination through Sustainable Textile Service program.

The Sustainable Apparel Coalition was founded by a group of sustainability leaders from global apparel and footwear companies together. The Coalition composed of retailers, clothing manufacturers, environmental groups and academics has three main goals.

February 11, 2012 Posted by | Designs, Fashion, News, Textile Design | , , , | Leave a comment

Fabric Painting – A Unique Form of Painting for Beginners

Painting on fabric is easy and inexpensive. Painting is done on walls, potteries, fabrics, glasses etc. However, among them fabric painting has become a famous homemade handcraft. Fabric painting is done now mostly on ladies’ tops, men’s shirts, handbags, cushion covers, wall hangings, etc.

Fabric painting art though is not the same with dyed fabrics and the outcomes are totally different as well. Fabric painting is all about mixing colors and applying heat in proportions. The work of a fabric painter is like that of a chemist mixing colors and perceiving the reactions. Fabric painting, a unique art of painting, finds its lively expression on the fabrics. Different kinds of fabric can be used for painting like cotton, silk, velvet, rayons, etc. When the fabric is loosely woven the paint would creep through the threads when it is still wet.

Oil paints and acrylic paints can both be used for fabric painting, but acrylic fabric paints are much easier for a beginner to use than oils. You only need is sound knowledge on different methods of fabric painting and some creative skills and the rest is done automatically. Acrylic paints consist of colors mixed into an acrylic fluid that is designed for use on fabric.

Some acrylic paints are stiff enough to create 3-D brush stroke effects on the fabric. You can also paint with fabric paints on many interfacings, quilt batting, leather, or suede. Ironing the fabric for a few minutes after painting can help set the paint fast. The most favored fabric painting is the Batik Painting which is prepared by blending to dye and wax. The easier option is to paint on a pre-shrunk fabric or a cotton blend; you will avoid the shrinking altogether by doing this. For most fabrics, the paint can be machine washed or dry cleaned.

The base line in painting on fabrics is to have fun, gather all the essential information and get going.

January 30, 2012 Posted by | Art, Designs, Fashion, Textile Design | , , , | Leave a comment

Choose Your Own Curtain Design Themes

Curtains were used for reasons like controlling light and giving you solitude from your neighbors and outsiders. Every house has windows and most of them are covered with the same old tedious curtains. There are lots of curtain design ideas that could make our home windows pop with enjoyment and vitality. The style and material of the curtains will give you a beautiful good idea of the character of your host. Today’s curtains are more stylish and sophisticated than those of yester years.

Contemporary curtains are made by continuing to keep modest approach when it comes to print, fabric, and grace of stitching. Customers are provided with more choices when they come to decide the materials for their curtains. When you have a room that is more modern, maybe inconspicuous designs will work for you. The curtain design depends on the style of your windows and the room itself as well other reflections such as privacy and the fabric material.

Curtains not only vary in designs and arrangements but they are also available in different shapes and sizes. Is your window, rectangular? Is it a large bay windowpane? Size along with form would play a big factor in what kind of curtains you may well hang up. Natural fibre like jute and wooden straws will also be familiar to create wonderful contemporary designs in curtains. Some accepted curtain designs for children include maps, bones outlines, dinosaurs and other animal structures making the curtain an educational tool.

One best idea is using glass crystals as curtains. You can basis glass chandelier crystals from the local craft store and then mix and match them with glass beads. Pleated curtains, also described French pleated curtains, are in fashion, plus they offer a very trendy and neat turn to an area. Swags are curtain fabrics which form a ornamental feature over a window. These curtains don’t require ostentation. Blinds are also one of the best window curtain designs that are not only cheap but only easy to find. Roman blinds in fact are a favorite modern curtains design of numerous people.

January 17, 2012 Posted by | Art, Designs, Fashion, Textile Design | , , , , | Leave a comment

Hand Embroidery Designs Basic Stitches

Embroidery is the art or handicraft of decorating textile or other materials with needle and thread or yarn. Embroidery may also slot in other materials such as metal strips, pearls, beads, quills, and sequins. People from older cultures such as Egypt, Persia, China and India expanded this craft and it has been an enormously popular art since then. Hand embroidery styles are beautiful, but laborious to make.

Hand embroidery is a carry out that has been used for centuries by a assortment of people for all sorts of needs. The craft has a long and appealing tradition and has bought many hours of creative delight to women for generations. There are all sorts of different things that one can use on a hand embroidery project. These include shapes, letters, graphic designs and much more. First you will need to work with a good type of outline. In many cases you can create your own pattern but in other cases a pattern that can be already made for your needs can be handled. An embroiderer can go as rapidly or as slowly as one wants.

Cross stitch can be a distinctive layout and is also pretty popular. It is produced utilizing counted stitches with the X-shape to be able to produce unique styles and patterns. A problem with machine embroidery comes from how it is something that can be very mistaken in some cases. Canvas material in add-on to yarn is utilized in canvas task which could possibly be just a little hard for beginners. The threads utilized in producing hand embroidery styles could perhaps be embroidery floss of mobile threads.

During the process you will have to take the needle that the fabric is attached to and move it through the cloth over time. Needles are accessible inside of a wide variety of sizes from 0 to 10. When functioning on hand embroidery you should be sure that the needle that you are dealing with is one that has a smooth eye. Some thin fabrics could even be scratched by a machine. Hand embroidery is a great type of activity for all of these reasons.

Modern canvas work tends to follow very regular counted stitching patterns with designs developing from reiteration of one or only a few similar stitches in a variety of thread hues. Hand embroidery can be a good activity for adults and young children similarly and is also relatively uncomplicated to be taught.

January 13, 2012 Posted by | Art, Designs, Fashion, Textile Design | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Textile Art and Design Edge – African textiles, India Textile

Designs for both woven and printed textiles often begin with a drawing or watercolor sketch of the finished design. Traditionally, drawings of woven textile patterns were translated onto special forms of graph paper called point papers which were used by the weavers in setting up their looms. A textile is any kind of woven, knitted, knotted or tufted clothe, or a non-woven fabric. Textile has traditionally meant a woven fabric. The term comes from a Latin word taxere, meaning to weave.

Every region and every country has a unique taste of clothing. Garments are said to reflect the culture and traditions of the society. The textile designs are thoroughly original, innovative, contemporary and unconventional that can bring a change in styling yourself and your home.

African Textiles Design

african textile

african textile

African textiles are a part of African cultural heritage that came to America along with the slave trade. As many slaves were skilled in the weaving, this skill was used as another form of income for the slave owner.African textiles—ranging from those of Islamic and Western cultures as well as from within Africa—are identified and explained.

* Aso oke fabric – woven by Yoruba people
* Adire- tie-dye produced by Yoruba people
* Kente cloth – woven by Ashanti and Ewe people
* Barkcloth – produced by the Buganda tribe
* Mudcloth- produced by the Bambara tribe
* Kitenge – produced in Kenya and other regions of East Africa

Chinese Textile



Textiles in china often form an integral aspect of its heritage and symbolically reflect its tradition and culture. According to the town textile enterprises to expand production scale, after the completion of primitive accumulation, the requirements in 1998, Hsu founded the village covers an area of 250 acres of industrial park.

From the ancient city of Chengdu in the heart of Southwestern China, Shu “Sichuan” brocade is one the four famous brocade and embroidery schools of China with a history of more than 2000 years. Chinese design shuns away from clutter in favor of accenting the living space with carefully chosen pieces, each adding its own specific value. Haining City, China Home Textile Decoration total 350 acres, plans a total investment of 350 million, making it the country’s largest wholesale market of home textiles categories.

India Textile

Indian Textile

Indian Textile

The richness of the regions textile culture is indeed evident to the visitor as well as to the follower of fashion in the West. Most of the hand-and screen-printed yardage, the brightly coloured and patterned cotton that is used in the West for summer dress blouse and skirt fabric, comes from Rajasthan. Varanasi, a famous center for silk weaving is popular for its brocade or kinkab with a wide variety of its various techniques and styles.

The chikan work of Lucknow, patterned on lace is delicate and subtle. The stitch by its sheer excellence provides ornamentation to the material. and block printing in India was the chief occupation of the chippas – a community of printers. They use metal or wooden blocks to print designs on the fabrics by hand. Kashmiri Shikara, Rajasthani ghagra choli are famous among them.

# Embroidery
# Hand Printing
# Block printing
# Spray Printing
# Screen printing
# Kalamkari
# Batik
# Discharge printing
# Tie and dye

October 4, 2011 Posted by | Art, Designs, Fashion, Textile Design | , , , , , , | 1 Comment