Designers of high-end clothing have a domestic source of supply for a new circular knit fabric known as bemberg (cupro ammonium rayon) that is characterized by a brilliant luster, a soft hand and a beautiful drape. ASAHI CHEMICAL INDUSTRY CO., LTD. which refined the knitting techniques and the dyeing and finishing methods for the fabric as well as developed a bemberg/polyester blend transferred its production knowledge to an unnamed knitter in Los Angeles. Asahi Chemical also is supplying that company with bemberg yarn. About 1,100 tons of U.S.-made bemberg fabric should be available in the first year.
An exchange rate of ¥129=$1.00 was used in this report.