A group photo of the jury.
A group photo of the jury.
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In 2017, Cotton Incorporated collaborated with the China International Fabric Design Competition and introduced the "Best Cotton Fabric Technique Quality Award" and "Best Cotton Fabric Technology Innovation Award" to the competition.  The competition encouraged textile apparel and fabric companies to offer high-quality, innovative cotton products. More than 600 pieces of cotton fabric were received, representing more than 150 overseas and local companies; all competing for four cotton awards. The entries could be described as the "cream of the crop".

Entrants represented companies from China, Britain, Pakistan, Turkey, Korea, Japan, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and other countries and regions. Products included men's clothing, women's clothing, children's wear, casual wear, sportswear, jeans, shirts and underwear, and other consumer textiles. The categories ranged from cotton, wool, linen, silk, printing and dyeing, knitting and filament weaving, etc.

Cotton Awards Concern on Natural Fiber

Madam Li Binhong, the director of China National Textile Product Development Center, pointed out that currently, the traditional advantages of the textile industry are weakening. Mr. Sun Ruizhe, the president of Chinese National Textile and Apparel Council, put forward that technology, fashion, green are the new labels of China textile industry.  The goal of the overall competition is to incorporate technical innovation and ecology into textile design to invigorate apparel categories and create new consumer demand and business growth.

The Cotton Awards highlight the global preference for cotton and the influence of cotton fashion trends to inspire new development concepts for the textile industry. These will guide direction of technical developments and result in cotton products that perform well and are pleasing to the hand and eye. Additionally it is hoped that the competition will generate new market applications for high quality cotton products with added performance features that will appeal to consumers’ sense of fashion and fit into various lifestyle needs.

Judging Criteria

Best Cotton Fabric Technique Quality: As to fabric quality, 100% cotton is the best choice. The three main aspects of quality reviewed during the evaluation process included hand-feel; not only softness, but also fit; visual appearance; and features such as drapeability.

Best Cotton Fabric Technology Innovation Award: This award category judges a novel or rare feature, creates a new aesthetic or appearance, directly addresses a consumer need or demand, or introduces a new feature or area of market application.

Winners Announcement

The winners will be announced this September at the China Popular Fabric official website, the competition’s official WeChat account, and related trade publications. The award ceremony will be held at the Shanghai National Convention Center this October. At the same time, the award-winning products will be presented with the grand debut at Fashion Trend Release Area of 2017 Fall/Winter China international Textile Fabric & Accessories Expo (Intertextile).