New Sunbrella fabrics bring “makers” artistry to the industry

The Makers collection combines traditional handweaving with modern manufacturing

GLEN RAVEN, N.C. – The new Sunbrella Makers collection by Glen Raven Custom Fabrics brings the grit of traditional artisan techniques to the industry by combining handweaving and modern manufacturing.

“There is an intimate connection between the skill required to create a textile and the final product,” said Greg Voorhis, design director for Glen Raven. “The Makers collection tells a story of what lies beneath the product to connect consumers to the fabric, from the yarn to the finished piece.”New Sunbrella fabrics bring “makers” artistry to the industry

Fabrics in Makers incorporate the performance qualities of Sunbrella with authentic designs tied to generations of makers. The collection portrays the importance of preserving the conventional element of craft while advancing technologically. By combining new, experimental techniques with traditional style, the artisan fabrics are well suited for both indoor and outdoor upholstery.

The new jacquard pattern Adaption juxtaposes matte and shiny with PVC yarn. The pattern is reminiscent of hand-forged metal designs with a simple geometric pattern in tonal colors.

Midori is inspired by traditional Japanese Shibori dyeing. A process which involves folding, twisting or bunching fabric, binding it and then dyeing it, Shibori dyeing creates one-of-a-kind pieces. The Sunbrella design team recreated this look with modern weaving equipment, making the fabric look more primitive and handmade, while preserving Sunbrellla’s legendary performance.

A traditional menswear-inspired pattern, Paradigm pairs well with the contemporary patterns throughout the collection. Makers nurtures an inclusive community of makers, challenging them to create extraordinary spaces with the fabrics.

In addition to jacquard patterns, the collection adds new stripes and expands colorways for some of the company’s solids. One of the new stripe patterns is Artistry, inspired by Mayan backstrap weaving. This fabric represents the custom woven pattern of vintage textiles. New texture, Blend, is made of a heavier yarn for a soft, textured hand in a wide range of colors.

“The Makers Collection is an example of how Sunbrella rises above just the performance benefits with the evolution of craftsmanship and improvements in age-old methods of production,” Voorhis said. “With evolving technology, we are able to imitate handmade processes yet still withstand Mother Nature at her worst. There is a community of craftspeople behind that.”

The Makers collection of Sunbrella fabrics is currently available to the manufacturing trade and will be at retail this fall.

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