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TUKATECH EXPANDS: In an effort to offer more space to small designers and apparel makers who need to use computer-aided design and manufacturing systems by the hour, Los Angeles-based Tukatech Inc. recently expanded its corporate headquarters by...

TUKATECH EXPANDS: In an effort to offer more space to small designers and apparel makers who need to use computer-aided design and manufacturing systems by the hour, Los Angeles-based Tukatech Inc. recently expanded its corporate headquarters by 10,000 square feet, to a total of 17,000. The new space, which opened in August, houses corporate offices, support staff and a “Tukacenter,” where the company’s customers can take instruction in the use of CAD/CAM systems and also rent systems on an hourly basis.

NEW JERSEY LACE: “The Cultural Lace/El Hilo Cultural,” an exhibit on embroidery and lace manufactured in New Jersey, opened recently in a new gallery at the Park Performing Arts Center in Union City, N.J. The exhibit runs through May, with workshops and demonstrations scheduled throughout the fall. “This exhibit highlights not only the varied embellished and luxurious textiles stitched right here in New Jersey, it also portrays the people who created them,” said Meriam Lobel, the curator of the exhibit. “While it still comes as a surprise to many people outside of this area, people who live in the North Hudson region of New Jersey know that this area has been a major center of the creation of commercial embroidery and lace for 120 years. Since the 1870s, when Swiss and German immigrants set up the heavy machinery that creates the finest lace, North Hudson has produced intricate stitching worn by people around the globe.” In addition to the one-of-a-kind garments and home furnishings on display, the exhibit also features work by skilled embroiderers from many cultural backgrounds, including Asian, Indian, Czech, Cuban, Greek, Italian and Nigerian. Future workshops include a tour of an embroidery factory as well as a demonstration by a Hungarian embroiderer.