Cotton experts jet in to Galashiels to meet textile students



International cotton experts jetted in to Galashiels to talk to third year textile students, this week.

The students have been working on a live project with renowned Cotton Incorporated, who are based in North Carolina.

Over the last few months, students have been working on a project looking at innovative combinations of colour and woven structures involving new research into digitally printed warps.

They were asked to come up with a collection looking at inventiveness as well as aesthetics and a design for manufacturing.

Yvonne Johnson and Seth Winner from the company had the tough job of judging all the students hard work.

Student Erin Montgomery was announced as the overall winner and will now have her collection featured in the FABRICAST TM collection - which is a library of innovative cotton fabrics designed to inspire and educate the industry.

Yvonne Johnson said: “It was a pleasure to hear from the students about their individual projects. They showed creativity in their approach and diligence in the execution of their work.”

Meanwhile, Seth commented: “Choosing the best piece was difficult when all the students rose to the challenge. What drew us to Erin's piece was a strong interaction of the printed wrap to gridded weave construction and contemporary indigo look.”

Erin added: “I was delighted to be chosen and the knowledge I've gained from Cotton Incorporated coming to visit us and their interesting talk about the industry, is something which will gear me for completing my studies and going on to my future career.”

All the students work will be on display in an exhibition at the company's headquarters in the US.