By  on February 14, 2006

PARIS — Texworld will be moving to its roomier Porte de Versailles venue in March 2007, but to accommodate newcomers at the show's La Defense-based event that starts its four-day run on Monday, two halls have been added, dubbed L'Espace Grande Arche.

Hall E will host the event's first Chinese trend forum, showcasing Chinese textile manufacturers.

"Creativity is a major [focus] point for these manufacturers, who are proving they are on a par with Europeans in terms of trends," said organizer Stephanie Keukert.

Nature-based and ethnic themes represent two of the key trends explored in the Chinese forum, Keukert said.

"To take part, manufacturers have to produce twice-yearly collections and be able to demonstrate their own design identity, not just what they're producing for other companies," she said.

In Hall F, about 70 international exhibitors will be on display, primarily from China, India and Turkey. Exhibitors will be divided into four sectors: cotton, denim and linen; knitwear; wool, and functional textiles.

Newcomers will include Harbin Linen Group, Shenglon Linen and China's Haitian Textile, as well as Maral Overseas, an Indian firm that makes knitwear for brands such as Lacoste.

"These exhibitors are very keen to be seen as fashion-forward brands," said a Texworld spokeswoman.

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