Western fashion has evolved a lot in the last decades and has adopted influences from different cultures, among them, the Asian one. Textile imports from Asia have created a new approach to Western fashion, incorporating designs, patterns and fabrics from countries such as China, Japan, Korea and India.
The Asian continent is known for its unique weaving techniques, rich textile traditions and a wide variety of fibres, such as silk, cotton, linen and other exotic fabrics. These fabrics have been exported all over the world, including Europe and America, and have been used to make clothing, accessories and household items. In addition, Asian culture has had a strong influence on world fashion, thanks to its long history and the beauty of its textiles.
Silk and cotton, two essentials
Silk, a material prized for its lustre and softness, is one of the most popular Asian fabrics. Western fashion designers have used Chinese silk in their collections to create high-quality evening gowns and suits, giving them an elegant and sophisticated look.
On the other hand, cotton is another Asian fabric widely used in the West and is used in high-quality clothing, bedding and towels. Western fashion has adopted Indian cotton in its summer collections, using its softness and breathability to create cool, comfortable clothing.
In addition to silk and cotton, fabrics such as Chinese linen, Japanese rayon and Indian cashmere are also quite popular on our continent and are frequently used in the fashion industry. Beyond quality, the use of these materials brings a touch of exoticism and exclusivity to the designs.
Asian patterns and designs
In addition to fabrics, Asian patterns and designs have also influenced Western fashion. Floral motifs and geometric patterns found in Asian fabrics have been used to create clothing and fashion accessories.
Asian fashion designs and sewing techniques are unique and have been adopted by many Western designers in their collections; an example of this is shibori, a very unique Japanese hand-weaving technique.
The incorporation of Oriental fashion styles and techniques has indirectly influenced the increased popularity of Asian fashion in the Western market, a fact that has brought pieces such as Japanese kimonos to our markets. At the same time, the influence of Asian culture on Western fashion has also boosted demand for all types of Asian textiles and garments and increased confidence in the quality of these products.
Take advantage of the trend and import fashion from Asia!
If you are going to import textiles from Asia for your business, having the services of a sourcing company like ours can be an excellent option that will help you manage the entire import process (or just those parts you need).
In addition to choosing the best supplier and negotiating prices, having a sourcing company can make importing easier and more successful. Tasks such as communicating with the manufacturer, performing quality controls, and handling transportation and customs, which are often difficult for the independent importer, are left under the supervision and responsibility of a specialized import team capable of handling any unforeseen issues that arise.
After 20 years of making international purchases in Asia for different European countries, S3 Group can confirm that importing textile and fashion products from China is a great business opportunity for those who know how to take advantage of the growing influence of Asian culture on Western fashion.