Futurotextiles at Expo 2020 Dubai
28 Sep 2021
A pioneering project initiated in 2006, the Futurotextiles exhibition combines science, technology, design, fashion and art around innovative textiles and their different application sectors.
This new Futurotextiles MIX exhibition invites visitors to discover the world of textiles: to appropriate its incredible diversity, from fibers to weaving and knitting, including composites and non-wovens.
The exhibition offers visitors an artistic and educational journey through the incredible materials that have marked the previous editions of Futurotextiles (micro-encapsulation, connected textiles, unusual fabrics made from coffee or basalt, etc.)
Discover innovative and visionary materials, coming from France, Europe, the world by favoring the host countries of the exhibition, highlighting the research, the ingenuity of companies and engineers by associating them with the talents of creators, that’s it. the bet of this exhibition.
Because textiles, or rather textiles, are constantly evolving. There is always something new to discover and show, it’s fascinating!… And this in all sectors since everyone is concerned… Clothing, sport, architecture, design, transport, health… Yes the first two editions were such a great success, it’s because we brought together areas that are not alike. And this time again: high technology, haute couture,
top-level sport , contemporary art, design…. Yet all of them have textiles in common. This resolutely multidisciplinary aspect of Futurotextiles is essential: seriousness comes close to playfulness, science meets art.
Everyone knows that successive crises have long and hard hit the textile sector. What we know less, however, is precisely this creative and technological fiber synonymous with reconversion and potential. So yes, may this breath of optimism, this desire to associate textiles with a promising future be held in this particular region constitutes a very positive symbol. Moreover, the idea of Futurotextiles has aroused the enthusiasm of local authorities such as the Regional Council and Lille Métropole, as well as that of professionals in the sector.
As I said, textiles are changing everywhere! But let’s take an emblematic field, the medical one: We present the Psyche t-shirt (designed by the CSEM). It is equipped with discreet sensors that record the heart and breathing rate of the wearer, as well as their movements. This information is automatically transmitted to a central via an IP / GPRS system, which makes it possible to adapt the treatment to the most precise and fastest.
I always like to evoke the work of Daniel Buren specially designed and exhibited during the first edition of Futurotextiles. It was a striped canvas, characteristic of the artist’s work, but in woven optical fiber. The scratches could turn on or off thanks to a built-in timer. This extraordinary work was the fruit of a dialogue between art and technology, a technology developed by the Lyon-based company Brochier.
It was neither planned nor premeditated, but it is true. The shattering of boundaries between sectors is crucial: An engineer working
in geotextiles, for example, is not necessarily aware of the latest innovations in the field of medical textiles. And vice versa. However, the exchange and transfer of information often makes things happen. The pooling of energies promotes new research and new possibilities. I would add that by emphasizing this decompartmentalization, Futurotextiles also contributes to the remobilization of textile students.
Yes, all are in composite, a growing sector, little known to the general public.
It is a combination of resin and textile weave. Nowadays, composite is everywhere: in our phones, in
airplane floors…. Its durability, resistance and maneuverability are formidable assets. We find there glass fibers, carbon fibers, plant fibers also, such as flax, in full revival and particularly well adapted.
Innovation is often linked to current events and their needs. As the environmental issue is of prime importance today, we are therefore observing the emergence of numerous textiles emphasizing ecological and
energetic properties. That said, in general, ultra light, “ultra light” is particularly present in the selection of this new Futurotextiles: work on air, evanescent fabrics, featherweight materials … Lightness is to the taste of day and comfort. It turns the world of textiles upside down.
The world of textiles is incredibly diverse: from fibers to weaving and knitting, including composites and nonwovens. The origins of fibers are sometimes strange. Coffee, a pebble of basalt, wisteria, give rise to a fiber, a thread, a fabric. The new fibers seem to have come straight from science fiction. Interactive, intelligent, they undergo various techniques of coating, finishing, microencapsulation … Cosmetic or therapeutic, ‘bio-sensory’ textiles modify physical conditions according to environmental conditions and become antibacterial, thermoregulatory, hydrophilic, therapeutic …
Interview in July 2012