Textiles of the Future Will Be Colorful and Biodegradable- Wyndesong’s Place

The home design industry is raring to go. After a long pause due to the pandemic, people are hungry for fresh ideas and industry change. At a recent online event, the Heimtextil Trend Council presented its 2022-23 trend predictions for home textiles. The forecast offers a taste of what will be exhibited in January 2022 at the Heimtextil trade fair in Frankfurt, Germany.

The pandemic has highlighted the importance of a comfortable and beautifully decorated home. Textiles play a part, but sustainability is also important. One thing is clear: More of the same is not an option.

Hemp fiber could be a material for the future. Used in antiquity, hemp is easy to cultivate and maintain, grows quickly, is resistant to pests, uses far less water than cotton and produces more biomass than most other cultivated species. All photos by SPOTT for Heimtextil.

The First Steps Are Not Enough

“Sustainability is no longer a choice or a desirable add-on, it’s an absolute imperative,” says Caroline Till of London studio Franklin Till. “The detrimental impact that we’re making on the planet is abundantly clear. So, for individuals, brands and manufacturers alike, having a clear approach to sustainability is of paramount importance.”

And mass production? “We are in a period of transformation,” says Anja Bisgaard Gaede of Spott Trends & Business from Denmark. Bisgaard Gaede, along with Franklin Till and the Stiljinstitut Amsterdam, represented by Anne Marie Commandeur, was part of the trend council that researched and presented the new trends for Heimtextil.

Textile design without chemicals is possible, thanks to natural dyes, sustainable printing, sun printing and digital printing as in this example from VIA University College in Denmark.

“We do still have large-scale production, which we need to change to a more sustainable path. We are looking into serving you … the continued push to do so and the continued inspiration for how to do so,” Bisgaard Gaede says.

“This generation of emerging designers is inviting us to challenge the mainstream discourse surrounding the climate emergency,” Till says. “They’re offering innovative, impactful ideas that align with their strong sense of environmental and social values.”

Sustainable textiles do not need to come in earthy colors. Pictured is fabric made out of patterned offcuts and raffia palm ribbon by Christina Engsig.

Radical Thinking

The trend council makes it clear that for a product to be sustainable, it is no longer sufficient to just stick an eco label on it. “We need to think radically differently about production today,” says Bisgaard Gaede. “The future of home textiles is really understanding nature’s intelligent system. … In order to not create imbalances, we need to learn how nature actually balances itself.”

Till presents two possible approaches: “to either retain naturally derived materials within the biological cycle and let them degrade, or utilize only synthetic materials that can be retained wholly in the technical cycle, within infinite loops.”

“The future of objects should simply not create waste or imbalance,” as the trend council’s video statement put it.

Biodegradable textiles out of mycelium, animal innards or agricultural waste, or bacteria that dye textiles naturally, are some examples raised in the presentation. An emphasis on traditional craftsmanship can also fuel a sustainable shift.

The cloth of the future is responsive. This means it can react and adapt to the environment and the body. Or materials can come into contact with the natural world virtually, through augmented reality. Pictured is reflective textile design from VIA University College.

“In the Western world our disconnection from nature has brought us to this state of ecological imbalance,” Till says. “But we can look to technology to provide a lens to help deepen and strengthen our connection to the natural world.”

Till sees the future in innovative production processes as well as in digital economic goods: products that are not physically present, and which we experience virtually through augmented reality. “People are actually willing to engage and spend large amounts of money — whether it be design pieces for the home or indeed fashion items — that house a virtual space or dress a digital avatar,” she says. “This is … exploring a future in which we … look to fulfill our sense of creativity and our desire to consume within the virtual realm.”

The material in this photo was dyed with onion skins and avocado pits. There is ongoing research into the viability of these methods for mass production.

New Materials for a World Worth Living In

The four trend themes — Deep Nature, Hyper Nature, Beyond Identity and Empowered Identity — are united by one basic thought: They show how the industry can use resources more responsibly in future.

How will this lead to the fabrics of the future, and what might these look like? Here is an overview of the most important colors, materials and technologies for the coming season, put together by the Heimtextil Trend Council.

The new world of color, clockwise from top left:

  • Powerful pastel tones like pistachio, peach and dusty sky blue, mixed softly with neutral tones like gray or light khaki. Bright yellow and orange provide accents.
  • A lively and hyper-natural palette of unusual greens all the way to intense purple. This includes clear, bright shades as well as diffused green and gray tones. Salmon and raspberry serve as accents.
  • Essential and organic colors: marshy, botanical tones, dye-free shades like sandy beige or brown. Natural dyes create delicate and dusty blue shades and soft reds.
  • Traditional primary colors (yellow, red, blue) are expanded with shades of coral, kiwi green and dusty lilac.

The new materials, clockwise from top left:

  • Natural materials and colors that can be obtained, worked and reused in circular processes, like jute, flax, hemp, linen, plant skins, palm leather, coconut fiber, mycelium.
  • Traditional technologies like tufting, cross-stitch, weaving — or experimental stitching methods. Handicrafts like handwoven tapestries or modern takes on traditional patterns from around the world. Traditional Scandinavian textiles like Fanø scarves, Hestedaekken textiles, ikat kitchen towels or klokkestrenge patterns (pictured), perhaps updated by prints or paint. Traditional wool weaves with repurposed materials. Recycled synthetic fabric.
  • Responsive materials, recycled synthetics, technical fibers with natural textures, smart textiles, microscopic structures, use of digital sustainable textiles.
  • Hand-woven recycled polyester, printed digitally or with the use of light technology, which is then easy to recycle again. Using bacteria or natural plant pigments for dying. Pigments that change through use. Puff textiles out of microfibrillated cellulose. Traditional silks.

Source: https://www.houzz.com/magazine/textiles-of-the-future-will-be-colorful-and-biodegradable-stsetivw-vs~153307287

In Japan, Enormous Straw Sculptures Pop Up After Annual Rice Harvest- Nisha Designs

The Wara Art Festival in Japan’s Niigata Prefecture (all images courtesy the Wara Art Festival via Facebook)

In some regions of Japan, this time of year marks the peak of the annual rice harvest season. Traditionally, Japanese farmers have reused leftover rice straw (“wara” in Japanese), a byproduct of the harvest, to feed livestock and better the soil. Artisans have used it for making tatami mats and other household objects. But over time, technology has replaced these traditions with the utilization of industrial materials, leaving farmers with enormous amounts of dry rice straw for which they have no use.

In the coastal region of Niigata Prefecture, a major rice-growing area, the Wara Art Festival brings a creative solution to this problem: enchanting, oversized sculptures of animals and mythical creatures made exclusively of rice straw. The straw sculptures are designed by students from Tokyo’s Musashino Art University and installed in collaboration with local residents in Niigata. After a year of hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the festival is now back for its 13th edition, welcoming visitors at the local Uwasekigata Park through October 31.

Founded in 2007, the Wara Art Festival is organized jointly by Niigata City’s local tourism council and the Musashino Art University. It is the brainchild of Shingo Miyajima, a professor at the Department of Science and Design at Musashino, who in 2006 was asked by Niigata’s farming community to think of a solution to the problem of unused rice straw. The professor came up with a creative idea: monumental animal sculptures supported by wooden frames. Since then, the festival has become a major tourist attraction in the region.

Rising from the fields, the mammoth artworks can climb to the height of 30 feet. The exhibition features menacing, sharp-toothed beasts and dragons alongside endearing apes and elephants. This year’s displays also include a representation of an Amabie, a beaked mermaid or merman from Japanese mythology.

Ideal for a family trip, the festival’s Facebook page shows visitors of all ages posing for pictures inside the open jaws of a crocodile or in the lap of a giant gorilla. The festival has only one request from visitors to ensure the safety of the displays: Please don’t fly drones in the park!

Source: https://hyperallergic.com/673450/in-japan-enormous-straw-sculptures-pop-up-after-annual-rice-harvest/?utm_content=bufferb748e&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook&utm_campaign=buffer&fbclid=IwAR32V3kUX91SHXtBpkRt5VJvRgUOM3Gt4xMHV8CvMZF6dVA_-qspxy8tr_I

Never forget September 11- Lady Dyanna- Nisha Designs

“With almost no time to decide, they [your loved ones] gave the entire country an incalculable gift. They saved the capitol from attack. They saved God knows how many lives. They saved the terrorists from claiming the symbolic victory of smashing the center of American government. And they did it as citizens. They allowed us to survive as a country that could fight terror and still maintain liberty and still welcome people from all over the world from every religion and race and culture as long as they shared our values, because ­ordinary people given no time at all to decide did the right thing.” ~ William J. Clinton

Weekly Reflections: July 12 – July 18, 2021- Divination: Geomancy- Claudia Draconis and Laetitia- Nishante Divinelove

“Seek Earth and heaven shall be added unto you”- Francis Bendick The art of geomancy is a recognition of the earth as a living intelligence capable …

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Girl Warriors: New book tells the story of a “hopeful future” told through the eyes of climate activists under 25- Life and Soul Magazine

Girl Warriors is a forthcoming book that tells the story of a “hopeful future” through the eyes of 25 climate activists under 25 who are “showing up,…

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Taurus Design Collection- Nisha Designs

Nisha Designs: Our Taurus Collection was awarded the first prize🥇: We share this today even though this design was designed back in 1999 our designs are timeless, magickal, evergreen and hold a very special place in the universe through eternity.

Our theme was to design on Astrological signs for our final year of college. To create a room only with this sign. I got Taurus. And we chose to use the alchemical symbol of a Taurus for our presentation. Color given to us for the theme was rose quartz, pink shades as one of the crystals that belongs to taurus is Rose quartz. And we had to design 3 surface patterns that can be used for any application and how we have used these designs in what application was to be determined the winner. As they wanted to grade us on our skills to see how we implement a design to its best aesthetics and not just design to design as a commodity to make money but how do we see it as a value that we would bring onto this planet were our parameters. Yes back in the days thinking about our planet and what we bring to it was important (which we have lost in today’s world the thought) Testing our visualization skills, composition style of a design. And mind you that time all designs were hand painted into repeats, no computers were available. How to make a design useful. Very important aesthetic and visualizing skills required to understand the element, it’s presence and value it brings to ones space, to this planet is an important skill as textile artist/designer that knowledge which only comes from within. No one can teach you that. Would test our intuitive awareness as a designer too. The building block of a composition of a design determines how it works with planet earth. This is our first design. This pattern was used in a burn out sheer application. It was beautiful and gorgeous.

Contact us for more information to design your next textile design concept at nisha@nishadesigns.com or to purchase our design.

Royal Suite Organic Cotton Collection for Home and Hospitality- Custom- Touch of Magick- Nisha Designs

Everything is Magick if we are open to it. You will find Magick in everything. Everything has a spiritual side and purpose is how our world is created. Become aware of its Magick. Cotton is not only a fabric but it has a purpose to serve here and it is created and given to us by Mother Earth. Here are the magickal properties of a Cotton. And you will have the awareness why Cotton is used and preferred and more on organic vs regular Cotton later. There is a difference there too.

Gender: Feminine
Planet: Moon
Element: Earth
Powers: Luck, Healing, Protection, Rain, harvest, simplicity, grounding.

For your sample, pricing, call us at 702.622.8321 or email us at nisha@nishadesigns.com

Royal Suite Organic/Cotton Collection: Nisha Designs

Royal Suite Organic/Cotton Collection:

Designed to represent feminine and masculine energies in perfect balance. Fabric designed with balance enhances sleep. It is timeless and elegant. Yet functional and durable. Designed for home and hospitality.

A New Welcome Change from strips and plains. It has texture yet subtle for your guest and homes. These are custom made to order. We can print your designs on these sheets as well.

We offer plain and as well as any jacquard of your pattern based on our balanced energy construction of the fabric. Energy matters. Knowing the energy you putting in to design matters.

You can order fabric only or finished product from us. We supply both.

If interested please call 702.622.8321 or email nisha@nishadesigns.com

Art a Magick, a Luxury- Divine Handmade Artisan Carpets- Nisha Designs

Finishing work is going on with one of our jute rug. The fibers are carefully clipped so that the rug is smooth and neat.

Art a magick, a luxury, a divine magickal creation. Art, craft done by hands is always magickal. Our artisans create beautiful carpets and Rugs. In total appreciation and awe of there craft. Their attention to detail and workmanship is classic.

Your design, creation and we will create it for you. No minimums. Create your own carpet line. For more information on handmade carpets to connect with us. Call 702.622.8321 or email us at nisha@nishadesigns.com

Outdoor/ Indoor Fabric Collections- Design your own collections with Nisha Designs

Design your own outdoor fabric lines or any fabric line with us. We can print, weave as per your specification. For more information call. DM or email us at nisha@nishadesigns.com

HIGH-SYSTEM PU (POLYURETAN) FAUX LEATHER – Nisha Designs

Modern artificial leathers are coated with polyurethane (PU) instead of PVC, as PU is much more environmentally friendly in production, use and disposal.
Conventional PU, however, has the disadvantage that moisture and bacteria can penetrate through the openness of the pores and thus permanently damage the PU.
A new manufacturing process enables PU artificial leather to be produced with closed pores, so that there are no fractures in the surface – it is much more durable and hard-wearing.
Our artificial leathers SOLO, KANO, JAGO, ENA and ROMY have been produced with this special PU manufacturing process, called High System PU.
 

Our modern faux leathers are also particularly soft and insensitive to soiling. They are quick and easy to clean. With over 300,000 rubbing cycles, our faux leathers are durable and robust. Due to their permanent bi-elasticity, the materials can be easily upholstered according to all processes customary in the upholstery industry. 
The advantages of High System PU faux leather are:

  • free of phthalate
  • high and permanent elongation
  • particularly hard-wearing
  • easy care
  • insulating against cold
  • breathable
  • PU is recyclable

Faux Leather

Garry is a high-quality HSPU faux leather with a textile look. It conveys visual cosiness and comfort and at the same time offers the functional advantages of faux leather.

Romy has a beautifully grained, matt surface that can hardly be distinguished haptically from genuine leather. The leather look is supported by warm natural shades.

Ena is modern and bold with its smooth, metallic surface and strong accentuated colours. In addition to the classic metallic tones such as gold, copper and silver, strong tones such as orange and red stand out.

Jago has a natural leather apperance; its slight vintage look makes it extremely suitable for the furnishing of a modern hotel. It is ideal for headboards, bed surrounds and seating furniture of all kind. The authenticity of the faux leather is underlined by the colour range which concentrates on natural and grey tones.

Kano is a faux leather with a fine graphically embossed structure and a modern metallic sheen. The colour range comprises metal tones such as steel, titanium, silver and bronze as well as black and white.

Solo has a large colour palette with strong colours paired with natural leather tones. Solo is particularly beautiful in combination with upholstery fabrics from the DELIGARD series.

For samples, Information please connect with Nisha Desai- nisha@nishadesigns.com or call 702-622-8321. Talk to you soon. You can check our collections at:

https://delius.de/en/collections/faux-leather?fmd5=A07383FD74F1C76B5561E094845D4E0D&cHash=d2b6f4cd4e9a2f1d9b1e5e314cc9b40c

Happy New Year Greetings 2021- Magick, Art and Symbology- Nisha Designs

Our whimsical circle of life Dreamcatcher- Hope, imagination, courage for those who dare to make dreams into reality. In dreams we enter a world that is entirely our own. Make 2021 a good positive and enduring dream. Happy New Year. Best wishes from Nisha Designs, Nisha Desai