How Should Designers Build Their Own Fabric Library?

Christine Tsui Fashion Community

How Should Designers Build Their Own Fabric Library?

Caicai-Hangzhou-Fabric Supplier @ Wechat: caicai09111987

This article is based on Cai Cai’s lectures in the public welfare class of Christine Tsui Fashion Community

Course Outline

I. How to obtain and make full use of offline fabric channels?

  1. How to effectively play the large fabric market
  2. How to maximize achievements in the textile exhibition

II. There are actually so many fabric resources online? !!

  1. Platform-based Website sharing
  2. Trade-based fabric companies sharing
  3. Professional textile brand websites

III. How to create a personalized fabric manual?

  1. Creating according to the category of fabric
  2. Creating based on a theme

IIII. The retrospective summary of the 1st – 6th fabric special course

In fashion public welfare class

You will be able to:

Find fabric resources that are suitable for you in a more accurate and efficient way,

Manage them with efficiency and use them with flexibility.


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Sourcing Fabrics

-Small wholesaler


-Importers and warehouses

-Commodity Fair

-* Textile mills


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How to excel at fabric exhibitions?

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Lecturer perception: the rise of the custom-tailor industry / baby’s fabric area / sustainable development area


Fabric market



More direct feeling of the fabric (market price / drape / feel / color)

Collecting samples / proofs (material collection for MoodBoard)

Observe fashion trends (color / pattern)


Domestic fabric market:

Keqiao, CUHK and Evergreen in Guangzhou



Factors to consider when purchasing fabrics


Gram weight: Gram weight per square meter | Gram weight per meter | Mm (usually in silk fabrics)

Width: 150cm (for trimmings, this width can maximize cost savings) | 112cm | 45cm-375cm

Orientation of the fabric: Downy (velvet | downy cashmere and wool)

Direction of prints (single placement print | single side placement print)

Test: composition, color fastness, antistatic performance

Small TIPS——abbreviation of fiber name (click image to enlarge)

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Environmental considerations: carbon footprints related to manufacturing, ethics and fair trade issues, disposal of final fabrics

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Online fabric resources

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Conveys ideas of Moodboard;

Helps organize fabric knowledge systematically



Fabric type: knitted, woven

Ingredients: Silk | Wool | Linen …

Theme: Color | Pattern | Texture

Christine Tsui Fashion Open Welfare Class

Review and summary of the 1st -6th special fabric course 

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  2. Demystifying imported fabrics (maintenance of expensive coat fabric)

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5. Travel in search for beautiful cloth -Beautiful cloth around the world

6. How do designers create their own exclusive fabric resource library

(This lesson is lesson 6, so there is no picture)


Lecturer Booklist Recommendation


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