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Chinafile: Chinese Designers In A Down Economy

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Very few Chinese designers experiment with prints…

Most Chinese designers still struggle with their fabric sourcing. Local suppliers traditionally shun small orders and refuse to supply them. And buying fabric at retail makes the designers’ products too costly. So quite a few designers turn to the overseas market for fabric. Uma Wang, for example, uses exclusively Italian-made fabric.

But with export orders dropping, Chinese manufacturers are now turning to local designers to fill the capacity in their factories.

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