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Cotton Incorporated has introduced its Fabricast 2016-1 Collection, a line of cotton fabric developments designed to inspire the market with a focus on novel ideas.

The Fabricast fabric collection is a series of cotton and cotton-rich fabrics developed by the product development team at Cotton Inc.’s Research and Development Center in Cary, N.C.

On an annual basis, a variety of innovative cotton and high-cotton blend woven and knit fabrics are developed for the apparel and home markets to offer direction and ideas for companies that utilize cotton. These cotton fabrics highlight new and interesting yarns, special weaving and knitting constructions, dyeing and finishing techniques, and fabric-performance technologies.

This fabric collection is designed to help product designers and developers, manufacturers and retailers get the most from cotton.

Laser technology is explored on non-traditional substrates, with a focus on embellishment and cutting; naturally hued cotton is showcased in novelty weaves; texture is imparted through fabric structure; special-piece dye effects are achieved with cationic yarns, and fabric properties of substrates morph through bonding to create new products.

Traditional constructions with added performance features, surface altering through laser and print techniques, men’s wear-inspired stripes and updated French terry constructions lay the groundwork for an innovative collection.

This new line includes an array of cotton and cotton-rich developments that showcase novelty dyeing techniques and fashion finishes, special yarn selections, two-sided fabrics that offer versatility and technical developments that have performance and aesthetic features.

For the activewear market are an array of cotton and cotton-rich developments that include novelty yarns, layered print effects, coated wovens and knits. There are also knit and woven fabrics targeting women’s careerwear, cold-climate apparel fabrics and novelty designs.

For more low-impact athletics and casual everyday garments are core fabrics with a twist, such as surface embellishments on denim, textural dobby weaves, ultrafine jersey, complex garment effects and indigo alternatives.

Special treatments for sportswear include enhanced cotton fabrics with garment wash and print effects, mechanical finishing on bottom weights, and active and outerwear knit fabrics.

In denim are special washes and garment-processing techniques for woven fabrics and a range of fabric constructions and finishing techniques for knits, while fiber mixes for cross dyes, ultra lightweight performance fabrics, and novel garment techniques round out the Fabricast collection.

Cotton Inc., funded by U.S. growers of upland cotton and importers of cotton and cotton textile products, is the research and marketing company representing upland cotton. The program is designed and operated to improve the demand for and profitability of cotton.