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E-Last by Calik Denim: Cutting Fabric Waste During Manufacturing and Sampling

The climate crisis has increased awareness of the need for fashion to do their part at every rung of the supply chain, from the first stage of production to the end consumer. At global summits such as the United Nations’ Climate Change Conference (COP26), deterrents to the crisis have been discussed in detail, such as limiting temperature increases to 1.5 degrees Celsius. As more parties become aware of the seriousness of climate change and the actions that need to be taken, consumers’ demand for more responsible apparel production increases.

Upon reexamining production processes and making improvements for every existing defect and efficiency loss, the fashion industry can foster continuous improvement in every sense, across innovation, digitalization and sustainability.

Calik Denim, a dynamic, innovative pioneer of the global premium denim industry with 34 years of history, seeks to empower its customers by offering solutions that will lead the transformation of both the fashion and denim industries. The manufacturer not only focuses on its own business processes, but also develops products and technologies to make its stakeholders’ lives much easier.

In this context, Calik Denim introduced the industry to its newest product and technology, E-Last, alongside its latest denim collection bluEVASION SS ’23 launched in October 2021.

The Turkey-based denim mill developed the E-Last concept to minimize the sample production process, which is one of the biggest problems faced by not just the textile industry, but almost all industries in terms of sustainability.

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During garment production in the template laying process, the weft shrinkage level of denim samples can often vary, even in different lots of the same fabric. E-Last aims to virtually eliminate this weft shrinkage by providing better fabric consistency throughout its products.

In leveraging the E-Last concept, the weft shrinkage rate is reduced to almost zero. Such stable weft shrinkage rates limit size variances among each sample product, therefore reducing the number of different launderings required and ultimately cutting labor and time to manufacture.

And since there is more dimensional stability with each product, there are no measurement problems, enabling garment makers to lay a template, cut and sew, and wash more consistently without experiencing any issues.

Moreover, the E-Last concept can eliminate the recurring industry problem for power-stretch and super-stretch products, which are normally the most difficult to manufacture due their varying shrinkage rates in the garment production process.

By ending the unnecessary fabric waste in the garment-making process, Calik Denim can achieve a serious resource efficiency, which is a stage where some of the most waste is generated.

Furthermore, garments produced with E-Last technology promise a flawless premium look, instead of the often “baggy and saggy” look, no matter how long the jeans are being worn. Additionally, the garments are designed to eliminate the “puckering” or stretch marks, and won’t shrink even after washing many times at home.

Click the play button to watch the E-Last video to learn more about this technology!

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