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Vision Textile Creates Designs With Computers

Designers, merchandisers, fabric and apparel companies no longer have to wait for a sample to be created on the loom to see the right pattern and color. By working with Vision Textile Express (VTE), a textile service studio based in New York City, a companys designers can apply practical textile know-how working with computers in every area of design development and coloration, from creating a concept all the way through manufacturing.VTE hopes to solve the problem textile companies run into with color matching when a fabric design is trusted to a faraway mill for weaving, dyeing, printing or finishing. Even sending the most detailed directions for the color of each thread might not guarantee a perfect match.VTE uses Epson Stylus Color 3000 ink-jet printers to help deliver jobs for textile design, home furnishing, apparel design or surface design, for even the smallest mini-body recoloring or pattern manipulations.VTE also relies on its sister company Info Designs Vision System CAD/CAM software, which includes the modular Windows 95/98/NT Fashion Studio Suite, to develop a highly reliable color management and design system for customers, including top fashion designers like Calvin Klein and Isaac Mizrahi, merchandisers like Macys and Victorias Secret, and fabric companies like Dundee Mills.The Epson printer is used as a comping device at several phases of the VTE creative process, said Jacques Foussard, vice president of VTE.As our designers mix colors to create a personal palette or literally weave fabric on the computer screen, we continually study color comps produced from the printer to help us develop the actual concept and design, he added.Vision System creates and produces a variety of weave types, while designing stripes, dobbies, plaids and colorways or simulating two- or three-ply yarns, mixed yarns, slubs, nubs and virtually any fabric texture.The combination of our Vision System CAD/CAM software from Info Design with Epsons printer to present design layouts dramatically helps us translate our color ideas and simulation techniques to show customers the true quality of designs, Foussard said.

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