Fabric of Life

Sourcing tools for clothing design

As a fashion student we are encouraged to frequently check out the plethora of fabric shops and haberdashery in London and surrounding counties. As an undergraduate there is access through the university to some suppliers such as ‘Whaleys’ that offer an array of fabrics suitable for dying, printing and manipulation. Their website: http://www.whales-bradford.ltd.uk/ gives detailed information of their services and whats available. Fabric hunting can be a tedious and time-consuming task, and with strict budgets to adhere to this is not always an easy endeavour. I’ve been lucky in that many of the tutors that I study under have relationships with fabric suppliers and manufacturers, so I have taken advantage of their connections. A reliable supplier has been ‘Schwarzschild Ochs Ltd’ found at http://www.sochs.co.uk who have a wonderful selection of lace and wools.

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