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Sunbrella Fabrics Introduces Its Artisan-inspired Makers Collection

Sunbrella Fabrics Introduces Its Artisan-inspired Makers Collection

Representing innovation, precision, and heritage, the new Sunbrella® Makers collection by Glen Raven Custom Fabrics is centered on the principles shared between time-honored handweaving and modern manufacturing. Greg Voorhis, design director, says, “There is an intimate connection between the skill required to create a textile and the final product. The Makers collection tells a story of what lies beneath the product to connect consumers to the fabric, from the yarn to the finished piece.”

Makers fabrics incorporate the performance qualities of Sunbrella into authentic designs tied to generations of makers. The collection portrays the importance of preserving the conventional element of craft while advancing technologically. By combining new, experimental techniques with traditional style, the artisanal fabrics are perfectly suited for both indoor and outdoor upholstery.

Exemplifying Sunbrella design innovation and technological advances, the jacquard pattern Adaptation juxtaposes matte and shiny PVC yarn. The pattern is reminiscent of handforged-metal designs, with a simple geometric attern in tonal colors. Midori is inspired by traditional Japanese Shibori, in which folding, twisting, or bunching fabric; binding it; and then dyeing it creates one-of-a-kind pieces. The Sunbrella design team recreated this look with modern weaving equipment, making the fabric look more primitive and handmade—while preserving Sunbrella’s legendary performance.

A traditional menswear-inspired pattern, Paradigm, pairs well with the contemporary patterns throughout the collection. The collection adds new stripes and expands colorways for some of the company’s most trusted solids. A standout among the new stripe patterns is Artistry. Inspired by Mayan backstrap weaving, this fabric represents the custom-woven pattern of vintage textiles. A new texture, Blend, is made of a heavier yarn, for a soft, textured hand in a wide range of colors.

“The Makers collection is an example of how Sunbrella rises above just the performance benefits with the evolution of craftsmanship and improvements in ageold methods of production,” Voorhis says. “With evolving technology, we are able to imitate handmade processes, yet still withstand Mother Nature at her worst.”

The collection is rooted in a deep connection to a community of makers, such as those on the Sunbrella design team. With a combined 145 years of experience in textile design, these makers live and breathe design. They collect inspiration from many different sources, including travel, personal experiences, art, and other forms of craft, weaving these inspirations into textile designs. The Makers collection is available to the manufacturing trade and will be available at retail this fall. Like all Sunbrella fabrics, the textiles are easy to care for, fadeproof, and bleach cleanable.


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