Texon International has presented ProWeave, describing it as a “ground-breaking” jacquard weaving technology which it claims makes it possible to seamlessly integrate functional and design weaving into a single sheet of material. The company says that a number of world-leading sports brands are currently evaluating its new performance fabrics.

According to the company, which specializes in structural footwear components and innovative performance fabrics, ProWeave opens up “infinite new design possibilities” by enabling the production of continuous woven substrates with the “zonal features product designers want, exactly where they want them.” ProWeave “totally transforms the way performance fabrics are made and how they look, feel and function. Creating different elasticity, tenacity and abrasion zones within the same weave, ProWeave can help the world’s biggest brands bring new creative concepts to life,” it added.

The technology blends diverse yarn thicknesses, weights and fabric references together, creating intricately designed fabrics with a distinctive gradient, rib, waffle, color, stretch, transparency and 3D effects, according to Texon. The technology is suitable for the production of all kinds of woven footwear and can also be used for functional or fashion graments and accessories where manufacturers want to employ novel performance fabrics, Texon explained.

“ProWeave is set to prove popular in the fast-paced sports and outdoor sector where the trend for woven footwear has been growing quickly, and where demand for innovative materials for garment manufacturing is continuous. Texon also sees big opportunities for ProWeave in the production of top luxury and premium branded footwear and clothing.

The technology also has the ability to mix together different high-tenacity, flame-retardant, stretch and thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) coated yarns to create hard-wearing materials. Thus, Texon sees significant opportunities for ProWeave in industrial footwear and safety apparel.

Texon indicated that ProWeave is designed to support sustainable production. “Using a single efficient process to create woven uppers with localised features means less energy consumption for manufacturers and recycled yarns can also be incorporated to build recyclable structures for circular projects,” it said. Texon itself is aiming to be a zero-waste business by 2025.

The company says it can provide ProWeave for mass production projects, with multiple designs for uppers, garments and accessories on one roll. It can also supply ProWeave in small quantities for series or limited-edition collections. ProWeave is produced at Texon’s plant in Prato, Italy and at the company’s newest manufacturing center in Vietnam, which opened in mid-2020. Texon, which is based in Hong Kong, also has manufacturing sites in the U.K., Germany and China.