By  on April 8, 2013

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Techtextil North America’s first California symposium and trade show featured 76 exhibitors from 16 countries showcasing the latest in high-tech fibers and fabrics for the fashion world and beyond.

Among the innovations in fibers introduced at the exhibition, held at the Hilton Anaheim March 19 to 21, were Sabiya Fibers’ PurThread with antimicrobial and odor neutralization properties; nanotube fiber, which acts like textile thread and conducts electricity and heat like metal wire; flame resistant fibers such as Nexylon and PyroTex; “Big Red” silk fibers made from spider silk and a proprietary ingredient; antimicrobial sewing thread, and biodegradable water-resistant viscose fibers. New fabrics included nonwoven propylene with insect control, antibacterial and antimold properties; PolarTec’s Alpha Insulation, a three-layer system built around ultralight raschel knit fabric that will not migrate through outer fabrics, allowing them to be more open and breathable; KoolSorb cooling fabrics that absorb and dissipate body sweat, and ResQ that reduces the severity of burns and improves survival rates when worn.

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