British Textile Week 22: Linton Tweeds
Linton Tweeds produces luxurious, fancy tweed fabrics in innovative woven structures, for fashion houses around the world. All fabrics have been woven on site at the mill in Carlisle since 1912.
Working closely with customers, Linton is continuing to move towards greater sustainability within fabrics and manufacturing. Signature look tweeds are now incorporating more GOTS, GRS and FSC yarns.
This seasons collection offers a wide range of qualities from classics to highly decorative. Patterns include all over textures to large checks and geometrics, in complicated dobby and posileno structures, in a myriad of colours and surface interest.
Linton is continuing to source sustainable yarns to increase its use of GOTS, GRS and FSC. The firm’s suppliers are now able to offer a wider range of yarns, including fancy types so making this much more possible. This spring range now includes 100% GOTS cotton piece dyes which all use GOTS dyestuffs.
For spring compositions are based around cotton bases in combination with silk and synthetic novelty yarns. Handles are cooler with steamed finishes giving a lofty texture and pressed finishes giving a crisper handle.
Patterns range from classics (black or navy/white, navy, camel and naturals) to pastel combinations and intense brights.
Initial inspiration came from 3 different artists’ work –
- Mark Rothko – intense, saturated colour combinations, flat texture.
- Gustav Klimt – decorative, opulent colours and textured finishes.
- Georgia O’Keefe – bleached out desert colours combined with bright pastels.