Cellulosic Yarn/Fabric NAIA

Beyoncé wearing NAIA

Beyoncé wearing NAIA

From Eastman Lab's site: 

Eastman Naia™ cellulosic yarn, the new name in fashion apparel, offers a differentiated product for brands looking to innovate in their next collection. Create comfortable, easy-to-care-for, and luxurious fabrics—all thanks to inherent qualities found in Naia™ from Eastman.
COMFORT   Incredibly soft, superior breathability, inherent moisture management
EASE OF CARE  Washable at home, excellent wrinkle recovery, practical for everyday life
LUXURY  Silky hand, beautiful luster, high quality fabrics your customers expect

NAIA website.

3D Printed Fabric 2017.6

Gabi Asfour has a cerebral, esoteric bent that soon becomes clear in his work. Since becoming curious about 3D printing around 2009, he has been trying to manipulate the internal geometry of textiles.
Traditional fabric is essentially two-dimensional — strands are arrayed horizontally, vertically, and in crisscross to form a weave. Asfour—who has degrees in mechanical engineering and architecture from the University of Maryland—had a vision, along with Donhauser and Gil, to create “three-dimensional interlocking weaves,” which they would achieve with the help of laser cutting. The desire to mess with fabric’s third dimension drew them naturally to 3D printing.
So far, Asfour says, “the most advanced fabric has been a four-way stretch.” That’s what’s possible with most normal fabric, which stretches along the X and Y planes. 3D printing would allow a material to stretch in the Z plane, Asfour theorized. He figured that such fabric would be more breathable and make movement easier. Best of all, it would eliminate wrinkles.

Much more on BACKCHANNEL.

Rain + Wear : Using Rain in Textile Design

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Having lived in Seattle, Portland, Osaka, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Ho Chi Minh City, Phnom Penh, and Yangon, we have come to appreciate and love rain (as well as rainy seasons, monsoons, and typhoons).

Dutch artist Aliki van der Kruijis felt the beauty behind rain should be celebrated and documented, so she developed a method of "pluviography"—drawing with rain—to imprint raindrops onto wearable textiles. Her hope is that people will begin to see rain's beauty via her artwork.