Nadim Sckaf owner of Sckafs fabric shop shares with us some insight into the fabric business and the hot new trends for summer.

Everyone always discusses the latest trends in summer styles, colours and cuts always get a mention, but what about the fabrics themselves?  Local fabric expert Nadim Scaf owner of high end fabric shop Sckafs Indooroopilly has shared some information about the textile industry and what the latest trends in fabrics are.

Sckafs was established by Nadim and his late brother George in 1979 since then technoilogy has played a large role in how the fabric business is run.

“Thirty-four years ago I spent a great deal of time overseas travelling to France, Italy, Korea, Japan and China, to attend fairs and hand pick fabrics our customers would appreciate.” Nadim said.

“These days, the internet makes buying much easier – I can order online and can have the product a few weeks later. I still travel to Asia and Europe though about twice a year, as you just can’t beat seeing and touching the fabrics – it’s our core business after all.

Technology has also changed fabric buying for customers now customers can make inquiries to businesses like Sckafs online and get fabric samples sent to them. Nadim sources most of its stock from China and Japan and from local wholesalers as often as possible. However since many of the mills have closed across Australia it is becoming more difficult to source fabrics locally.

What summer fabrics are trending right now? Nadim gets his inspiration from a range of sources like Eurovision and Vogue and is always monitoring trends across the globe.

“I love that things are always changing in this industry – whether it’s season to season or new product entirely…a  new combination fabric has come on to the market just this year, originating in Asia. It’s a silk and cotton combination and perfect for our Queensland climate,”Nadim said.

“Other fabric making it big on the scene are tencel, which is a great eco-friendly fabric, and cotton bamboo which is breathable, light material – both great material for dresses and blouses.”

Nadim also had high praise for the digital prints trend.

“They were introduced a few years ago on silks and cotton and the younger designers and dressmakers are really making the most of these sharper, brighter colours for Summer. They come in silk and take over an hour to produce every square meter. The result is simply breathtaking”

Nadim tracks his customers needs and what they are purchasing from week to week, Sckafs attracts a range of customers that still enjoy making there own clothes.

“From our core customers, the middle aged women who grew up sewing, and make their own clothes to students studying home economics, to young people in their 20s and 30s wanting to express themselves through their own clothes, rather than buying off the rack.. Brides are choosing their fabrics to have custom made dresses.”

Making your own clothes can be challenging but it can also be really fun and rewarding as well, plus it means you can reflect your own personal styles and moods.