Texon has introduced a new patented jacquard weaving technology named ProWeave, which makes it possible to seamlessly integrate functional and design weaving into a single sheet of material.
ProWeave opens up infinite new design possibilities in fabrics for the footwear, apparel, fashion and luxury goods industries enabling the production of continuous woven substrates with the zonal features product designers want, exactly where they want them, as says Texon.
Creating different elasticity, tenacity and abrasion zones within the same weave, ProWeave aims at helping the world’s biggest brands bring new creative concepts to life.
The technology blends diverse yarn thicknesses, weights and fabric references together – creating intricately designed fabrics with distinctive gradient, rib, waffle, colour, stretch, transparency and 3D effects.
According to Texon, ProWeave is set to be popular in the fast-paced sports and outdoor sector where the trend for woven footwear has been growing quickly, and where demand for innovative materials for garment manufacturing is continuous.
Texon also sees big opportunities for ProWeave in the production of top luxury and premium branded footwear and clothing.
Paul Jackson, Business Acceleration Leader for ProWeave at Texon, commented, “Combining Texon’s know-how in branded footwear, with our Italian division’s expertise in high performance occupational and safety woven fabrics, this exciting technology can help manufacturers differentiate their designs and unlock significant creative advantage,” adding, “Using ProWeave, we can help manufacturers pinpoint the physical characteristics, functional zones and visual patterns they want to achieve on a performance fabric, and then make their vision a reality. ProWeave is radically different to anything else on the market and we’ve been getting really enthusiastic feedback from customers around the world. There is a real curiosity about a technology that can free designers from conventional fabric restraints and help them unleash their imagination.”
On sustainability front, as per Texon, ProWeave fits true to its aim of zero waste business that’s to be achieved by 2025. Using a single efficient process to create woven uppers with localised features means less energy consumption for manufacturers and recycled yarns can also be incorporated to build recyclable structures for circular projects.
It’s worth noting here that ProWeave is produced at Texon’s plant in Prato, Italy and at the company’s newest manufacturing centre in Vietnam, which opened in mid-2020.