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Just Pick Any Color You Like

JUST PICK ANY COLOR YOU LIKE...Theres something slightly samey about the new color collection from Italian fashion finisher Azetait is made up entirely of numerous different shades of black!The finely-differentiated tones are proof, according to the firm, that "black is not just a simple black," but can be one of almost limitless variations on the same dark theme, provided a dyehouse has the expertise and technology to showcase them.Says Azeta founder and technical manager Alberto Zanin: "We have been able to identify a collection of colors devoted entirely to black for our fashion fabrics." The firm has, however, a more flexible approach to the fiber content of the fabrics it handles, which includes wool, silk, cashmere, cotton, linen, cupro, viscose, lyocell, acetate, polyamide, polyester and elastanes. For the record, Azeta does also maintain a full spectrum of colors in its ranges, as well as the new all-black collection.Among top fashion houses on its customer list are Cerruti 1881, Giorgio Armani, Prada, Chanel, Jil Sander, Ralph Lauren Polo, Calvin Klein, Yves Saint Laurent and Valentino.At the Azeta plant in Biella, near Milan, Zanin identifies a recent machinery upgrade program as vital in achieving the process accuracy demanded by in creating ranges such as the all-black one. Along with a new steam boiler and dyeing machines, a new Montex tenterframe, from German manufacturer Monforts, has been installed to enable the firms fabric treatment operations to conform to these standards of absolute precision. The 7-chamber machine is fitted with an air-to-air heat exchanger, which keeps nitrogen oxides away from the fabric and avoids the risk of minute --but critical--shade variations.The tenter has the Twin-Air temperature control and distribution system, which also helps maintain uniform temperature and air flow over the full width of the fabric, preventing color variation between the edges and the center.November 2001




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