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How Tukatech and Sowtex Will Keep Samples Out of Landfills

With textile and fashion supply chains experiencing unprecedented costs and delays and manufacturing nations like Bangladesh and India fighting off surging Covid-19 cases, two apparel industry players are banding together to get global designers, manufacturers and brands on the same page.

Fashion 3D/2D technology provider Tukatech and textile sourcing platform Sowtex are collaborating on a solution, launching July 8, combining their 3D visualization and design lab offerings to shorten designing and sampling timelines, and ultimately help brands trim lead times.

Sowtex founder Sonil Jain said the solution would “reduce sampling turnaround time from weeks to hours.” In particular, the partnership would allow the B2B platform’s users to design, develop, approve, showcase, sell and then make the product all within the Tukatech technology, Jain said.

The India-based Sowtex Design Lab, comprised of life-like digital swatches from more than 10,000 global textile manufacturers, will be integrated with Tukatech’s subscription-based 3D Visualizer to enable designers, garment manufacturers, fashion brands, and fabric and trim manufacturers to have the material necessary to expedite design and sampling without mailing samples back and forth.

Tukatech founder Ram Sareen said that the new alliance will lessen the enormous amounts of waste typically generated during sampling.

“Since the industry’s average adoption rate of samples used is around 15 percent, a large number of physical samples end up in the landfill,” Sareen said.

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Sowtex’s material catalog provides textile suppliers access to thousands of online trims and fabrics and an array of Pantone colors. These high-quality images are intended to be accurate representations of physical materials, so that after the digital render is approved, designers know exactly what they are getting when making an order.

With the integration, Sowtex users can access Tukatech’s library of ready-made 3D garments, or find the model they want to design for, then shop styles made to fit that model. The models can be animated to simulate the motions of real wearers, helping brands analyze not just how garments look, but how they move. The platform also allows pattern makers to quickly and digitally adjust designs using simulation software that demonstrates how garments drape on body.

Tuka3D Designer Edition users can visualize fabrics and trims in 2D/3D garments before making a physical sample. Designers can purchase ready-made 3D fashion garments in a variety of categories, such as men’s, women’s, children’s and plus-size. In 2021, hundreds of new garments were added to the Tukaweb marketplace, including tops, bottoms, outerwear, dresses, swimwear and even accessories.

When ready to go to production, users can purchase the style of the CAD-designed 3D garment or 2D pattern for $5 per garment.

Last month, Tukatech unveiled its newest suite of products, including enhanced features and new tools geared toward on-demand manufacturing, micro-factories and made-to-order businesses.

Sowtex’s B2B sourcing platform includes materials from 48 categories across men’s wear, women’s wear and home furnishings and spans woven and knitted fabric, yarns, laces, elastics, buttons, zippers, beads and labels. The global textile hub includes products sourced from India, Bangladesh and China among others.