This week we visited the Materials ConneXion Library this week. A material that I found interesting was from the polymers library and contained a mix of woven fabric and a luminescent transparent film, that when light pierced through, would shower a spectrum of color on the reverse panel.
Upon signing up for the Material Connexion site through my NYU email, I was able to locate more information on the material here. Upon further inspection, there were more options than I found on the single plaque found in the library.
Below is the description provided online:
Decorative textiles that are manufactured by combining knitting and weaving techniques to create unique inlay designs and optical effects. Fabrics composed of 50% polyester and 50% PVC or polyurethane (PU) are produced by inserting flexible PVC or PU stripes into the existing knit fabric in a weave fashion, expanding opportunities for wovens into new markets. Inlay structures offer good ventilation and durability while maintaining the 2-way stretch of knitwear. The use of PVC filaments as yarns create unique optical effects when viewed at different angles. Available in ‘plain’, ‘gable’, ‘stripe’, and ‘tribal’ patterns in 10 different colors. It is possible to choose base yarn in 12 different colors. The material is sold in a standard 200 mm x 100 mm (7.87 in x 3.94 in) size with a thickness of 3 mm (0.12 in). Applications are for bags, wall decoration, upholstery, apparel, and accessories.
MANUFACTURERS DETAILS TAKORN TEXTILE STUDIO THAILAND 131/25 Issaraparp raod Watmaipirent Lane Bangkok Yai district Bangkok 10600 Thailand + 66 875510465 Sales Takorn Tavornchotivong Founder + 66 875510465 firstname.lastname@example.org
I requested a sample from the manufacturer (email below) and heard back that a sample of 30 x 30 would cost me $62 plus shipping. I’m going to pass for now.