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Fabric Categories


All materials on the Future Fabrics Virtual Expo are chosen according to quality, innovation, and demonstrating an ongoing commitment to improved performance and reduced negative impact across the supply chain. This includes fibre cultivation and processing, spinning, weaving, knitting, bleaching, dyeing, and finishing; addressing The Sustainable Angle’s key sustainability criteria related to biodiversity, water, waste, and energy. These materials represent some of the best examples of developments being made in the textiles industry today.

The fabrics have been grouped in sections which are defined by criteria including fibre, application, weave, feeling, and source, so we recommend browsing each category to discover the diverse range of fabrics many of the mills produce. All individual materials are provided with background information on how they have been produced with a reduced environmental impact.

Find out about each category below, and view the materials via the menu bar or the icons on the home page.

Larch navy Wool

This section includes a range of globally sourced low impact wools that have a fully traceable story to tell. Transparency is assured from the provenance of the animal through to local spinning and weaving that reflect a journey that has its roots in the historic wool trade. Weights, finishes and applications vary from lightweight, supple, and rustic qualities ideal for womenswear, to sturdy and smooth modern herringbones, and traditional heavy weight British tweeds.

RL-2-CO Low impact leather

If leather is responsibly produced, traceable, and good animal husbandry is guaranteed, then leather as a durable material has a place in sustainable fashion. This section includes fully traceable animal by-products from the food industry, from both bovine and fish species, produced with unique energy saving processing, and adopting distinct fashion personalities. Tanning and dyeing are achieved using innovative low impact chemicals and plant sources.

KWKK2017Z17Z17-M164-S1050-VS Sustainable wovens

This is the go to area for both light and heavy weight woven fabrics ideal for versatile product ranges for women, men, and children. Globally sourced, fabrics include shirting, corduroy, voile, and crossweaves, in pure and blended cotton compositions certified by GOTS, IVN, STeP, and Fairtrade.

KSI02-M167-I102-VS Sustainable knits

Knitted qualities incorporate light and heavy weight lofty loop back jerseys, beefy, comforting brushed back sweat-shirtings, premium organic Pima cottons, and perennial jerseys in sophisticated colour palettes and stripe variations. Globally sourced, fabrics include pure and blended cottons certified by GOTS, IVN, STeP, and Fairtrade.


This group represents supple and light to mid weight fabrics, ranging from superfine organic mulberry silk and matte wild silks in characterful handloom textures, to Lenzing Tencel and Modal cellulose fabrics which have excellent draping properties.

amber_guard_01 Innovative  and Recyclable materials

The relationship we have with what our products are made of is a rapidly changing one. Preconceptions about where our materials and textiles come from, or what they might be made out of are being challenged. This section showcases diverse materials suitable for application in accessories, clothing, or perhaps even packaging and components.

CF45-4037 Sustainable denim

The denim section represents a wide range of weights from chambray shirtings, to sturdy heavy weight menswear qualities. It includes ingenious blends featuring Tencel, wool, and silk, lending denim a luxurious touch and unrivalled comfort without compromising durability. The classic utility fabric is revisited to provide unique surfaces and structure, combining organic, recycled, and cellulosic fibres.

P392 Linen & bast fibres

Bast fibres are a group of natural cellulose fibres characterised by their fineness, strength and flexibility. Linen (flax), hemp, jute, nettle, and ramie are all bast fibres. This section includes primarily European linen in woven and knitted qualities, produced using low impact processes including dew retting, and coatings made from fully recyclable metals. Historic linen has an inimitable visual appeal and low key, luxurious handle, making it ideal for a wide range of product groups.


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