This month, Nonwovens Industry has published a report on some University of Delaware fashion students' exposure with nonwovens (page 50). Students were challenged to make a garment out of a monolithic polyester elastomeric fabric donated by TANDEC in a voluntary, non-graded activity. They created a number of interesting fashion designs by overcoming several challenges posed by the nature of nonwovens including thinness, delicacy, puckering, dyeability and lack of strength. Despite its challenges, one student called the competition extremely rewarding because it proved that anything can work if you take the time to think through a problem.
That's really the challenge for the nonwovens industry. We must find innovative young designers who are willing to take the time to figure out how nonwovens can make the leap into fashion. Once this riddle is solved, it will mean big things for nonwovens.