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Showtime fabric fair to feature Eco-Friendly Trend Bank  

High Point, N.C. – An Eco-Friendly Trend Bank has been added to the events at the semiannual Showtime fabric market being held here from Dec. 7-10.

The display will feature environmentally friendly fabrics and trimmings from about a dozen member companies. Each supplier will show product samples, accompanied by an explanation of its "green" story.

"For several years, members of the textile industry have been exploring what it means to be a ‘green' producer," said Keri Scott, coordinator of the Trend Bank for the International Textile Market Assn., the show's sponsor. "The possibilities range from organically grown cotton to synthetic fabrics made of recyclables and minimal product waste, but there is no current industry-wide definition.

"We want to stimulate a dialogue by showcasing how some companies are shrinking their environmental impact."

At Showtime, mills, converters, tanneries, trimming manufacturers and design studios that are members of ITMA will present new lines to their primary customers - the home furnishings industry. More than 800 buying companies typically attend the show.

Other events scheduled include:

A benefit auction of clothing and accessories, custom designed using fabrics from industry sponsors, will run Dec. 8-18. Items for preview will be available online beginning Nov. 26 at www.itmashowtime.com.

Sue Patrolia, founder of SWIFT (Sample Waste Initiative for Furniture and Textiles), and Susan Inglis of the Sustainable Furnishings Council will speak on Dec. 8 and 9, respectively.

Design Options, a Los Angeles-based forecasting firm, will present "Spring/Summer 2010, the West Coast Perspective on Color for the Home Markets," on Dec. 9, at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. To register for one of the sessions, e-mail design@design-options.com or call (231) 622-9094.

In the Studio at Showtime area, open daily in the Suites at Market Square, a variety of international textile design studios will be exhibiting original artwork and antique documents for use in product development.

Social events during Showtime will include an opening night party on Dec. 7, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Sammy's G's Steakhouse in Market Square. An industry mixer will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Dec. 8, at the same location.

(Reported by HTT sister publication Furniture Today.)

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