Japanese tech giant Ricoh has entered a long-term partnership with Sweden’s Coloreel which the two companies claim should “revolutionise the textile industry with thread colouring innovation," writes Fashion Network.
The two companies have been working together for several years in Japan, England and Sweden. The result enables "high-quality instant colouring of textile thread while it is in the textile production.”
The first product to be launched based on this tech is a thread coloring unit that works with any existing industrial embroidery machine. By instantly coloring a white base thread during embroidery production, “Coloreel enables complete freedom to create unique embroideries without any limitations in the use of colours."
This major technological innovation is far along in development with Scanfil announcing that they are building the equipment after being part of the project for some time.
Gucci's Alessandro Michele will lose his mind with the possibilities for larger quantities of complex visual artistry for patches large and small on a limitless range of products. Creations now relying on silkscreen and transfer image printing can utilize embroideries as well with this breakthrough.
The standout Gucci creative director and designer shared "GucciHallucination 2018 a few weeks ago. Fasten your seat belts because surely he will take us on a magic carpet ride in the near future once he understands the capabilities of having a true canvas on which to paint his color-saturated dreams.