A firm weave
Barleycorn weave, crepe or honeycomb may sound like things to eat, but they are not. Rather, they are the names of woven fabrics that play a role in fashion but not in workwear. This is because smooth textures are primarily sought for professional clothing because of their greater durability.
The invention of fabric has produced an indescribable variety of different surfaces over time. However, they are all based on a warp and weft system. The differing textures - from grainy to smooth, from coarse to soft - are created solely by varying the crossing points. The potential for different designs is heightened through the use of threads with special structures. This is reflected by the sample book that Melchior Textil maintains in keeping with a long-standing tradition and that contains thousands of different threads. Yet, even though weaving allows an almost limitless variety, only a few basic weaves are suitable for workwear fabrics. They are known as canvas, twill, panama or satin. What they all have in common is a large number of weave points in the warp-weft system. This results in high tensile strength and a relatively smooth, low-pilling surface. They are resistant to soiling and mechanical stress in everyday working life and are readily washable.
Canvas: strong bond with a wide range of patterns
Of all the weaving structures, the plain weave is the simplest, because one warp thread is always crossed with one weft thread. The result is a somewhat voluminous, durable textile that has served successfully as sails for ships, sackcloth or artist's canvas for centuries. With their simple design, plain-woven fabrics for single-colour workwear play a subordinate role and are used almost exclusively in shirts and blouses. The situation is different for coloured fabrics. Binding coloured warp and/or weft yarns results in interesting colour effects and check and stripe designs in a wide range of variations. Melchior Textil can look back on a long tradition of colourful woven fabrics. The "Service Trendline" range includes a variety of striped and check patterns in two or more shades. In addition, new designs are constantly being added in keeping with the spirit of the times. For restaurant workwear, full-colour, narrow stripes or pinstripes with brown or black backgrounds are currently the trend; small checks, on the other hand, are only in demand for shirt and blouse fabrics.
Twill: dense and hard-wearing like denim
The most widespread workwear fabrics in the industry feature a twill weave. These should be familiar to anyone who has ever looked at their jeans under a magnifying glass. The fabric is characterised by an oblique burr, which runs from right to left (Z-twill) or exactly mirror-inverted from left to right (S-twill). The pattern is created by tying the warp or weft system over at least two "floating" threads, which in turn are offset against each other by at least one thread. The weave points in the twill fabrics commonly used in workwear are therefore always offset laterally by one warp thread and longitudinally by one weft thread. This means that there are more warp threads than weft threads on the front side of the fabric. As the warp threads form the finer thread system for technical reasons, the twill weave is suitable for the production of densely woven, very hard-wearing fabrics with a pronounced diagonal burr. In the coloured fabric segment they also feature brilliant colours and exhibit a certain degree of elasticity. By using yarns with an elastic fibre content (elastane, elastolefin, lycra, etc.), it is possible to additionally increase the elasticity of the textiles without compromising durability. Melchior Textil’s “Dynamic” fabric line is based on this technology. Despite the low proportion of elastolefin fibers (2-5%), the "Dynamic" stretch fabrics feature a high, reversible elasticity, are hard-wearing and suitable for leasing. In addition, many coloured fabric qualities, from denim to the fil-à-fil look of the "Style" range, are based on a twill weave: This involves weaving a dyed warp yarn with a raw white weft yarn.
Fabric types reflecting contemporary tastes
Panama fabrics are more of a fashion-motivated textile in the workwear sector. The production method is derived directly from the plain weave. However, not every warp thread and every weft thread is tied together. Rather this is done with two or more threads. The result is a unicoloured cube pattern with comparatively high porosity and a soft feel. The fabrics are sometimes used for fashionable workwear, as the structure is very popular. Coarse yarns were often used to highlight the structure. However, these are very susceptible to the formation of fibre nodules (pillings) and impair the seam slippage strength. Trousers must then be specially tailored in all high-stretch areas, such as the crotch, if they are not to lose their durability the first time the wearer bends to stoop. Due to various restrictions, Melchior Textil does not offer fabrics with such bindings.
On the other hand, satin fabrics are an indispensable part of any specialist’s range of workwear fabrics, They are characterised by a lower number of weave points and floating warp threads on the upper side. Depending on the yarns used, they give the fabric an elegant shiny surface and a matt underside dominated by the weft yarn, which exhibits a high cotton content and high moisture absorption. The satin weave produces relatively soft, brilliant fabrics with limited mechanical strength. Satin fabrics are therefore preferred for use in areas where prestige is paramount or where good climate management is also required, e.g. in the healthcare sector.
No fabric without suitable yarns
The weave chosen plays an important role in the production of workwear fabrics. It influences the strength, durability, softness and elasticity of a fabric. However, the fibre materials and their appearance and use in the warp and/or weft also exert a major influence on the complex "fabric" system.
There is no place for compromise when it comes to demanding workwear fabrics. For this reason, Melchior Textil uses only yarns with an intimate fibre blend of cellulose (cotton, Tencel) and polyester staple fibres. This gives the fabrics the quality demanded by the garment manufacturers - i.e. durability, comfort and ready launderability. It permits a wide range of variations in the weight classes from 120 to 300 g/m² and allows an enormous range of fashionable variations. The "Style" collection provides an impression of this diversity. The portfolio includes modern fabrics in plain, coloured, denim and stylish melange looks that give sophisticated business and casual wear a vibrant, lively and fresh appearance. The weave undoubtedly lays the foundation for this. Yet, the true art is to make something out of it.
Progressive workwear fabric out of tradition
Wangen, August 2018: A modern look, functionality and innovation are the main attributes of demanding workwear fabrics. Melchior Textil repeatedly comes up with new ideas for creating innovative fabrics that give the working world a modern look and ensure high performance.
Workwear has long been reflecting contemporary fashion trends, resulting in new requirements for fabrics. Sophisticated weave and print designs, innovative material blends with tailor-made functionality and unusual surfaces with the required suitability for leasing business are being sought. Melchior Textil can look back on a long tradition of progressive workwear fabrics. This is reflected in the company’s carefully protected sample book, which contains thousands of different fabric samples.
Design variety through warp and weft
Melchior Textil boasts a large creative repertoire. By using dyed warp and weft threads, it is able to produce striped, checked and melange looks in a wide range of variations. The “Service Trendline” collection offers the pinstripe and check designs that are indispensable for the hospitality industry. “Elena Selectline” reflects the latest industry trends, presenting striped and fil-à-fil fabrics “à la carte” in contemporary shades and weight classes. Yarns in special dyes for producing bespoke surfaces and patterns provide even greater variety.
Modern look and high performance on the job
Using special fibre blends, Melchior Textil develops workwear fabrics offering tailored functionality. The silky Tencel blend offered by the “Emotion” collection exhibits a temperature-regulating effect combined with incomparable moisture management, ensuring that the fabrics are supremely comfortable to wear, a quality which is particularly important in the healthcare and food production industries.
Melchior Textil offers the comfort required in all professions by using elastic core yarns. Heat and chemical-resistant elastolefin fibres (EOL) are "coated" with a soft fibre mix, resulting in highly comfortable stretch fabrics in a modern denim look, popular rip-stop structures and attractive melange features.
Functionality sewn into the fabric
There is no place for compromise when it comes to demanding workwear fabrics. This is why Melchior Textil uses only yarns with intimate fibre blends made of cotton, Tencel and polyester staple fibres. This gives the fabrics the performance required for workwear - including high tensile strength, low pilling and suitability for leasing business.
Fabrics for a new interpretation of business clothing
Wangen, July 2018: The austere business look is now a thing of the past in many industries. Instead, the focus is on comfort, a more modern appearance and easy launderability. Melchior Textil's diverse range of fabrics is tailored to the new generation of business clothing: Fil-à-fil designs, melange looks, denims or stretch qualities in elegant shades and attractive plain colours offer completely new design possibilities for ready-made garments.
The market for classic business apparel made from wool-based fabrics has shifted in favour of a fashion-influenced look inspired by high wearability. Manfred Seeber, managing director of Melchior Textil, knows the reasons for saying goodbye to the “formal look”: “The purpose of the clothing should be to help receptionists and service staff at car rentals, in hospitals, at perfumeries or in the hospitality industry to cope with their workload. Comfortable stretch fabrics are required for this. They must also look good, be durable and be easy to look after. Fabrics made of wool and wool blends cannot compete in this respect as they are demanding in terms of the care they require and are only available in a limited range of colours.”
Design variety with benefits for employees
With its "Style" range of fabrics, Melchior has already positioned itself for the next generation of business clothing. Stretch fabrics with a pleasant feel on the skin, exceptional freedom of movement and suitability for industrial laundering result in outfits featuring outstanding comfort and excellent care properties. Different weights are available for suits, shirts and blouses in classic plain colours and matching melange looks, in fil-à-fil and denim qualities.
Heightened variety through combinations
During product development, Melchior made sure that it was possible for the fabrics to be freely combined with each other. This led to a variety of possible variations that allows a high degree of individualisation in the design of the collection. Nor has corporate wear for companies been neglected: minor modifications to the consistent appearance of a team allow different departments to be distinguished.
The quality fabrics from Melchior guarantee discreet chic together with excellent wearability and easy launderability. They ensure a long service life and thus help to make all employees look their absolute best at all times. “This new approach to customer-oriented business is valued throughout the industry,” observes Manfred Seeber. “The multi-facetted comfort typical of private clothing ensures a top corporate look in every respect - without giving the employees the feeling of wearing a disguise.”
Modern, comfortable fabrics for a stylish look in the hospitality industry
Wangen, July 2018: Working in the hospitality industry places heavy demands on personnel clothing. It should be modern yet discreet, comfortable and pleasant, resistant to stains and easy to launder. Melchior Textil’s wide range of fabrics fulfils all these wishes. It combines excellent quality with high comfort and launderability, while ensuring that hospitality employees look their absolute best for a long time.
Reception and service staff at hotels and restaurants should be dressed elegantly, but never flamboyantly. This is why dark colours are preferred: they provide a discreet look and, in some cases, conceal minor stains that may occur in everyday working life. The situation in the kitchen is quite different, however. The hectic job in great heat calls for clothing that keeps the cooking staff cool and protects them from splashes of fat and other hazards. Housekeeping staff also need climate comfort. In addition, however, the visible implementation of the hotel’s corporate identity also plays an important role.
Durable qualities combined with a sophisticated appearance
Ready-made garment manufacturers looking for suitable fabrics will find the right solutions at Melchior Textil for all areas of the hospitality industry. The "Daily Perfect" line is the ideal choice for kitchen, service and housekeeping uniforms with a range that includes attractive plain-coloured fabrics in various textures and material blends in up to 79 attractive shades. They are all kept in stock and available for immediate delivery. "Service Trendline", on the other hand, features a large selection of aesthetically coloured fabrics in elegant shades for service aprons or waistcoats.
Comfortable fabric in a modern look
The "Style" line introduces the latest fashions to the work world: denim and fil-à-fil looks, plain-woven melanges and stretch fabrics give blouses and shirts a particularly trendy look. If, on the other hand, outstanding wearability is at the top of the wish list, fabrics from the "Emotion" line are the ideal choice. The plain-coloured Tencel blended fabrics feature a unique climate effect that makes strenuous work and hot environments bearable.
Uncompromising in daily use
Melchior's product range offers a variety of approaches for creating modern workwear for the hospitality industry. At the same time, the quality fabrics guarantee excellent lauderability and wearability, ensuring a long service life for the workwear and thus guaranteeing a top look for employees at all times.
Fabrics for sustained use
Wangen, April 2018: Workwear fabrics from Melchior Textil are designed to withstand the stresses and strains of everyday work as well as textile service processing. Thanks to their high quality and durability, they achieve a long service life and thus meet the indispensable prerequisite for long-lasting use.
The sustainability of workwear starts with the fabrics from which it is made. The greater the quality of the textiles, the longer the service life and the lower the replacement rate will be. Melchior Textil puts this simple pearl of wisdom into practice, creating high-performance collections made from durable, hard-wearing fabrics.
Tencel fabrics for sustainable collections
Melchior’s Tencel blends from the standard "Emotion" range also offer durable fabrics with high wearability made from sustainably produced fibres. Tencel (Lenzing) is a multi-award-winning product made from a raw material which comes from sustainable forestry with low land requirements. Neither herbicides nor pesticides are used, while water requirements are covered from natural sources. The fibres are manufactured in an environmentally friendly production process and feature a unique feel and wearability.
Extensive range of sustainable fibers
For customers looking for bespoke, sustainable workwear fabrics, however, Melchior develops made-to-measure solutions, implementing them with a high level of quality. The company offers numerous fibre alternatives ranging from GOTS-certified cotton to recycled post-consumer polyester. “Each client has their own approach to sustainability or prefers a particular certificate. With the partnership-based development, testing of the fabric’s suitability for its intended use and marketing we adapt to the individual wishes of each of our customers”, explains Manfred Seeber, managing director of Melchior Textil.
All of Melchior's workwear fabrics also meet the sustainability requirements of the ready-to-wear and textile service industries from an ecological point of view. The finishing plant, which gives the textiles their special performance characteristics such as light fastness, pilling resistance and industrial launderability, is certified according to the ISO 14001 environmental management system. In addition, all fabrics are certified according to Standard 100 by Oeko Tex. They will soon be certified according to Product Class 1 (for babies and toddlers) and thus follow in the footsteps of the company’s Tencel qualities, which already bear this label.
Giving workwear its own unique touch with fabrics from Melchior
Wangen, February 2018: Clothing with a unique look is en vogue in all areas of the working world. The fabrics for workwear featuring a bespoke corporate design (corporate fashion) come from Melchior Textil. With their versatile looks and textures, the colourful range and customised products, they lend each collection its own unique character for the working world.
Industry-specific workwear featuring the typical colour worlds and proven twill fabrics are no longer sufficient for modern workwear. Instead, companies are looking for functional, contemporary and comfortable clothing that reflects their corporate design and highlights their corporate identity. “This shift demands enormous diversity and flexibility on the part of fabric manufacturers,” says Manfred Seeber, managing director of Melchior Textil. “Fabrics in attractive textures, colours, weave designs and various weight classes should aim to ensure a uniform look from the shirt to the trousers.”
Variety through textures and colours
Melchior Textil has positioned its range of fabrics to respond to the growing demand for image wear. Its range encompasses attractive plain fabrics featuring different textures and material blends in up to 79 attractive shades. As well as this, the company offers unique coloured fabrics. In addition, modern, canvas-covered melanges and fil-à-fil looks as well as denim qualities offer a new style. Woven stripes in popular anthracite, mocha and black combinations or plain "white-coloured" as well as classic checks offer great variety for unique look in workwear. And to cater to true individualists who wish to have their own designs, Melchior also offers bespoke products for a minimum order quantity of 1,000 running metres.
Melchior's workwear fabrics have been developed for demanding applications which place high demands on durability, wearability and care. Consequently, all the company's fabric lines are made from yarns with intimate blends of cotton, Tencel and polyester staple fibres. This gives the fabrics the necessary performance - including high tensile strength, low pilling and suitability for leasing business.
A+A 2017: Melchior welcoming Europe
Once again, the industry market place A+A exceeded all our expectations in 2017. Purchasers and design teams for European manufacturers of professional clothing and the textile rental service visited our stand. They were particularly interested to see our new products and additions to our existing ranges that give each collection a special look. Customers looking for permanently elastic fabrics suitable for industrial laundry processes and combining outstanding comfort with a modern look were particularly taken with our new and fashionable “Dynamic” stretch range. Available in a fashionable denim look, popular rip-stop structures and attractive mottled looks, the “Dynamic” range met with a good response, advancing to become the star of our entire range.
Our newcomer “Style” also attracted great interest. This range comprises fabrics that give smart business wear and high-quality casual wear a lively and fresh feeling. At the same time, these modern materials, which are available with or without stretch, in mono or multi colours, in denim and in unusual stretch looks, meet the functional requirements made of durable and leasing-friendly clothing.
The highlight for clothing manufacturers and the textile service industry pursuing a strategy of sustainable sourcing was our “Emotion” range. The silky Tencel blend sets new stands in terms of ecology and features unique functions: temperature and moisture-regulating, tear-resistant, durable and suitable for industrial laundry processes, it offers responsible clothing manufacturers new solutions.
The facelift for our “Daily Perfec” range also paid off: 79 tested colours in leasing-friendly blends from 120 to 300 g/m2 captured the imagination of all those seeking a change in durable professional and image clothing.
We thank our guests for visiting us and the great interest that they showed in our fabrics. Now that A+A is over, we will continue doing what what we do best - with innovative fabrics, structures and designs.
Image fabrics for professional clothing that stands apart
Wangen, September 2017: One of the factors contributing to well-liked professional clothing is pleasant fabrics with a stylish look that are easy to care for. It is precisely this combination that characterises Melchior Textil’s range of fabrics. At A+A 2017, the company will again be displaying fresh-looking new products for unique image and modern professional clothing.
Appealing fabrics for modern professional clothing and individual image clothing are one of Melchior Textil’s specialities. Leasing-friendly mono and multi-coloured fabrics as well as full-coloured ranges can be found across Europe in collections for gastronomy and hotel business, health care, food production and retailing. At A+A, the company will be showing its latest fabric creations for a fashionable look on the job.
Fabrics with a feeling for life
“Style” features fabrics that give sophisticated professional clothing a lively and fresh look. The newly designed range comprises modern fabrics with or without stretch in mono-coloured, multi-coloured, denim and conspicuous mottled looks. With fashion-inspired shirts, blouses, trousers, skirts, jackets, blazers and coveralls, they give business and casual wear a smart look. At the same time, each fabric meets the functional requirements of durable clothing: “Style” combines zeitgeist and a feel-good factor without sacrificing functionality, durability and suitability for industrial laundering processes.
Fabrics with the “I factor”.
The “Elena Select” is targeted at clothing manufacturers seeking durable fabrics that stand out from the rest. Customer wishes with respect to surface structures, designs and colour effects can be specifically implemented in commissioned orders. The leasing-friendly materials are available in lots of 1,000 metres or more in nine tested and wash-resistant shades.
Fabrics with a small ecological footprint
Ecology and sustainable sourcing are growing in relevance in future-oriented professional clothing. As an addition to its established “Emotion” Tencel range, Melchior Textil will be using A+A to present further ecologically favourable fabric blends for responsible collections targeted at the gastronomy industry. The new products include special fabrics made from recycled polyester (rPET) and cotton as well as from rPET and Tencel.
The next generation of established fabric ranges
Wangen, September 2017: With numerous new products and additions to existing ones, Melchior Textil is widening its range of fabrics for demanding and contemporary professional clothing.
Fabrics made by Melchior Textil for professional clothing can be found across Europe in collections for gastronomy and hotel business, health care, food production and retailing. They give employees a modern look, increasingly accommodate the desire for comfort and responding to responsible clothing manufacturers’ growing expectations of sustainable sourcing. Melchior Textil is responding to industry demand for fabrics that are one step ahead of their times with exciting additions to its “Emotion”, “Dynamic” and “Daily Perfect” ranges.
Combined for sustainability
The “Emotion” range lives up to the promise of its name. The silky Tencel blend exhibits a temperature-regulating effect and incomparable moisture control, ensuring that the fabrics are supremely comfortable to wear. At the same time, the fabrics are durable, easy to care for and tear-resistant, making them ideal for the high expectations made of industrial laundry. When it comes to ecology, the sustainably sourced Tencel fibre sets new standards. For this reason, “Emotion” fabrics are playing an increasingly important role in the health care and food sectors. With the new products and additions to the colour range unveiled at A+A, “Emotion” offers a new diversity in individual colour and material combinations.
Stretch fabrics that never go out of fashion
“Dynamic” is a range of stretch fabrics exhibiting outstanding comfort and suited for industrial laundry processes. It owes its specific profile of properties to special core yarns. A blend of soft fibers shrouds the core made from heat and chemical-resistant elastic olefin fibres (EOL). This results in durable fibers that give professional clothing permanent elasticity, exceptional freedom of movement and a pleasant feeling on the skin. Melchior Textil caters to the demanding expectations of numerous sectors by offering the new stretch qualities in a denim look, the popular rip-stop structures and attractive mottled looks.
Tested fabrics for every day
Following a face lift, the “Daily Perfect” range comes in a broader palette of colours. It now includes leasing-friendly blended fabrics from 120 to 300 g/m2 in 79 tested colours. In this way, it covers a wide range of different requirements for professional and imaging clothing able to meet the demands of strenuous daily work routines.