A range of luminous fabrics employing plastic fibre optics which shine random light laterally is now being marketed by Luminex.

This development is part of a concerted European textile industry exploration of the potential of fibre optic content fabrics. Initiated in France by Dubar Warneton and by Rubabs Gallant, it is being taken further by the Swiss-based Jacob Schlaepfer group which is now working with fibre optics as a means of further embellishing embroidered fabrics.

Meanwhile back in France Cedric Brochet Soieries says it plans to introduce a range of luminous, fibre optic jacquard fabrics. Development has been carried out with the Audio Image group.

By Sonia Roberts.