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Newly Branded Bemberg “Vegan Silk” Fiber Set for Expansion

Japanese fabric firm Asahi Kasei is advancing its cellulosic cupro fiber by adding it to the Bemberg brand, which it will expand beyond its traditional lining offering into apparel fabrics.

And with interest in sustainable materials ramping up, the company felt the move was well timed.

Made by transforming cotton linter bio-utility waste into fiber, Bemberg goes through a smart-tech, transparent transformation, and a chemical scouring process that helps create its soft and smooth hand.

Luca Olivini, marketing assistant at textile hub CLASS, who represented Bemberg by Asahi Kasei at Premiere Vision New York this week, said a newly conducted Life-Cycle Assessment (LCA) confirmed the fiber’s process and sustainable elements so the company can now say “the process is fully transparent and traceable.” Beyond that, Bemberg is fully biodegradable and certified under the Global Recycled Standard.

Bemberg combines antistatic and humidity regulating properties to keep the wearer cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Its amorphous structure also absorbs moisture, making it suitable  for casual wear, athleisure and sportswear, Olivini noted.

“A lot of people call it the vegan silk,” for its smooth, soft hand, Olivini said.

How it’s being used

Materials on display at the show included new finishing techniques, knitting and weaving processes. A collection from Turkish mill Ìpeker blends Bemberg with its vegan leather fabric, while Tintex combines the fiber with its naturally Advanced line of jersey knits.

SMI Tessuti Spa integrates Bemberg with its jacquard creations made from fancy yarns and novelty finishing, while Infinity Srl will bend Bemberg with wool for the first time. Zero + Maria Cornejo’s perforated leather jacket with Bemberg lining mixed with cotton was on display at the show. Made in New York, it features a stand collar, long sleeves and front on-seam pockets.

Asahi Kasei is partner of CLASS, the Milan-based platform to promote sustainable textiles. Asahi Kasei also makes the Roica brand of advanced fit stretch yarns.