British Textiles

Visit to China

Enjoyed my recent work trip to Shanghai and area, the stylish Indo Chine feel of Shanghai contrasts sharply when you get out to the provinces.


Although Chinese textile companies are very high tech with all the latest machinery and state of the art manufacturing plants, it was a pleasant surprise to see simple handlooms still being used for fabric trials and design work.


The ever-growing Intertextile Apparel Fabric Fair was also on in Shanghai, with an amazing 3,700 exhibitors this time – nothing is truly small scale in China! – which was spread over 15 huge halls, the size of airport hangers. I assisted in putting together the UKFT stand there, which was very busy and created much interest in British Textiles and our wonderful heritage and tradition which goes down exceedingly well.