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International Summit on Textile Colouration to focus on sustainability

The conference will bring together textile colourists, buyers, and retailers to discuss innovations and green initiatives in the textile coloration industry.

9th February 2017

Knitting Industry
 |  Colombo

Knitwear, Knitted Outerwear, Collections, Colours/​Trends

Organised by SDC International, a leading independent, educational charity dedicated to advancing the science and technology of colour worldwide, the International Summit on Textile Coloration 2017 will take place on 8 March, in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

The conference will bring together textile colourists, buyers, retailers, garment producers, academicians and researchers from around the world to discuss technical innovations and green initiatives in the textile coloration industry.


The event will tackle some of the difficult questions around technical innovation and environmental sustainability within the textile coloration industry.

The event will consist of three sessions:

  • Compliance in Colour Management
  • Compliance in Textile Coloration
  • Compliance in Fashion

The conference will help visitors meet the people who are driving the change; get to know the people who have used the new innovations, and learn the path to a better world of coloration. Some of the questions that will be answered during the summit include: What’s the way ahead? Who will pay for the increased cost of sustainability? Is fashion the most polluting industry? How toxic are the clothes that I buy? How organic is organic?

Industry challenges

“The world is changing fast,” say organisers. “Colourists have to recognise the challenge and face it squarely.” Some of the factors affecting the industry is the growing demand on behalf of retailers and brand owners for the best performance at ever decreasing prices.

Eco norm also continue to change frequently, placing the colourists under pressure and arguably introducing trade barriers. The cost of natural resources and labour are also increasing worldwide with consequential impacts on margins in static or decreasing prices markets.

Finally, challenges include unsold retail inventories, and increasingly turbulent global markets, with the emergence of online selling channels.

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