Blue denim Fabric in Technical/Non-Technical Applications
Denim fabrics are well known for their applications in apparel however they have viable applications in technical and non-technical sectors as well.
It appears that denim will continue to have a cult following, depending on various technical, social and economic parameters. However, it is necessary to change denim production and consumption habits in order to achieve and maintain a sustainable life globally. From this point of view, the adoption of a slow fashion concept that incorporates and ecological evaluation of denim will be beneficial.
The circle of production-consumption–recycling can be carried out by social projects. The utilisation of old denim garments to produce non-apparel denim articles will be more economical and offers the potential to develop new market niches. If denim fabrics are used directly for non-apparel denim applications, especially in-home/interior textiles, their market share should increase considerably.
Denim uses for non-apparel applications
Curtains, upholstery, furniture, ornaments, wall coverings, mattresses, cushions, lampshades, seat covers, separators, kilims, rugs, mats, doorstops
Curtains, window valances, upholstery, furniture, ornaments, tablemats, wallcoverings, lampshades, separators, tablecloths, runners, napkins, rugs, mats, kilims, bed hangings, doorstops
Curtains, bedcovers, headboards/footboards, wallcoverings, bed linens, duvet covers, bed sheets, quilts, pillows, bed skirts, lampshades, ornaments, rugs, mats, mattresses, kilims, wardrobes, doorstops
Curtains, aprons, oven gloves, potholders, tablemats, table skirts, runners, sacks, kilims, rugs, mats, tablecloths, organizers, ornaments, refrigerator covers, coasters, doorstops
Baby/children’s rooms, toys and nurseries
Curtains, bed coverings, headboards/footboards, wallcoverings, ornaments, quilts, pillows, bed skirts, rugs, mats, doorstops, accessories, mummy bags, baby strollers, baby carriages, organizers, diaper covers, baby-soft bibs, crib bedding sets. etc.
Accessories for personal use
Shoes, slippers, bags, neckties, bow ties, scarves, shawls, stoles, luggage, wallets, suitcases, saddlebags, umbrellas, straps, beach bags, belts, necklace, bracelets, rings, hats, earflaps, headphones, backpacks, notebook covers, mobile phone/notebook/laptop cases, straps, cardholders, schoolbags, organizers, masks, etc.
Souvenirs and special occasions
Giftwrap, gift boxes, holiday stockings, holiday decorations, wedding accessories, ornaments
Office furniture and accessories
Wallcoverings, chairs, sofas, armchairs, storage baskets, file covers, ornaments, organizers, coasters, mobile phone/notebook/laptop cases
Pets and animal clothes and accessories
Nests, cast/dog beds, dog/cat collars, clothes, straps, horse blankets, etc.
Outdoor and camping
Garden furniture, mattresses, tents, parasols, sleeping bags, can/bottle coolers, hammocks, surfboard covers
Automotive, marine and transportation textiles
Seat covers, helmets, caps, yacht/boat furniture, curtains, etc.
Industries clothes, insulation
Denim wastes for industries purposes
Thermal insulation, vehicle noise insulation, acoustical automotive padding
Indoor and outdoor exhibition, interior and exterior design
Novel approaches for denim production
New approaches to design
Life cycle assessment (LCA), design for sustainability (D4S), design for environment (DfE), ecodesign, carbon/water/ecological footprint, eco-index, Biomimetic organic fibres, upcycle, recycle
Environmentally friendly indigo dyeing, ecological chemicals and auxiliaries, sulphur-free dyeing, electrochemical beaching, electrochemical dyeing, enzymatic and ultrasonic processes, ozone, laser, etc.
Smooth and refined denim finishes, destroyed coating treatments, thick resin coatings, pastel and pearlescent finishes, plastic shine, functional finishings, non-formaldehyde resins, self-cleaning finishings, nano-finishings, phase-change materials, microencapsulation and nanoencapsulation, etc.
Fibres and yarns
Hemp denim, linen/cotton, silk denim, acrylic/cotton, stretch denim with Tencel blends, denim/cupro blends, wefts made from recycled coloured plastic bottles, super stretchy metallic yarns, dual-core yarns, nappy imperfections with various effects, multicolour naps
High stretch denim, stretch jeggings, rigid stretch, coloured weft, Jacquard weaving, double-faced fabrics, compact fabrics, selvedge denim, Honeycomb and herringbone constructions, broken twill variations, strong white weft, etc.
Soil/stain releasing, flame retardant, arc protective, antistatic, high abrasion resistance, temperature regulating, antibacterial, colour changing, etc.
Indigodischarge print, digital print, lace print denim, Jacquard patterns, geometric and floral design,s
Authentic looks, sculptural/moulded/relief and polished looks, shiny looks, three-dimensional weaves, waffle appearances, jersey look indigo or indigo look knits, cord-like surfaces, deeply ridged textures, clean looking denim, denim looking with digital printing
Interesting developments in denim
While developing innovative denim fabrics with different surface effects, losing the characteristics of denim should be avoided, as the loss of these unique properties will cause changes in the typical denim appearance, which would render denim nothing more than an indigo coloured fabric. With that in mind, however, it is predicted that wool, silk, hemp, linen, polyester, polyamide and Tencel denim blends
Jacquard Carpet with Denim looks