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Coloured silk directly from silkworms!

Researchers in Singapore have discovered a method through which they could cause the silkworms to produce coloured silk. The new method would help to skip the process of dyeing silk and is also more eco-friendly.

Under the new method, mulberry powder and a special coloured substance is mixed in the silkworm’s diet. Once the silkworms consumes and digests this food, they start producing coloured silk. A team of eight scientists representing the Agency for Science, Technology and Research was working on the project from 2009 onwards. According to them, the new process not only helps to conserves water, but also involves lesser use of resources as compared to the conventional silk production techniques.

 

Source:http://www.fibre2fashion.com/news/textile-news/newsdetails.aspx?news_id=97151

 

EU launches Public consultation on a possible successor to the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP)

On 9th February 2011, the European Commission presented a Green Paper which proposes major changes to EU research and innovation funding to make participation easier, increase scientific and economic impact and provide better value for money. The changes, to be introduced in the next EU budget after 2013, would bring together the current Framework Programme for research, the Competitiveness and Innovation Programme, and the European Institute of Innovation and Technology.

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University of Delaware researchers continue nanotechnology collaboration with Koreans

University of Delaware researchers Tsu-Wei Chou and Erik Thostenson continue to advance understanding of hybrid micro- and nano-composites as part of a collaborative research partnership between UD's Center for Composite Materials (UD-CCM) and the Korean Institute of Materials (KIMS) on nanotechnology.

First initiated in 2007, the nine-year research grant totaling $5 million is funded under the Global Research Laboratory (GRL) program of the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF). The GRL program, established by the Korean Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MEST), is now in its second three-year phase. Chou, Pierre S. du Pont Chair of Engineering in UD's Department of Mechanical Engineering, is the foreign principal investigator for the grant. Thostenson, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, serves as UD co-principal investigator.

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Concept of clothing/textiles that can purify air

A revolutionary new concept in textile production has led to the creation of the world’s first “air purifying” dress. And if the prototype is anything to go by it proves that, in the future, this genre of environmentally responsible fashion can be bang on trend without sacrificing style. The floor length gown is part of the Catalytic Clothing project, a collaboration between experts from the University of Ulster, University of Sheffield and London College of Fashion. They set out to produce a fabric which could eliminate pollutants, making the air around us cleaner and leading to improved respiratory health. The end result is the stunning, textile-sculptured dress entitled “herself” and it’s no ordinary catwalk creation – in fact, at this stage it can’t even be worn, as this prototype is constructed from pliable concrete and textile.

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TEXTILE SCIENCE & ECONOMY - TZG 2011

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Faculty of Textile Technology (TTF) University of Zagreb in cooperation with The Scientific Council for Technological Development of Croatian Academy of Science and ARTS (HAZU), Croatian Academy of Engineering (HATZ) and Ministry of Economy, Labour and Entrepreneurship organizes, for the fourth time, International scientific-professional conference TEXTILE SCIENCE AND ECONOMY (TZG). Conference is intended primarily for business people in the field of textiles, clothing, leather, footwear and accessories, and this year is being held with the frame of reference:

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