Karl Mayer: Symmetrical lace with distinct ap...
Karl Mayer

Symmetrical lace with distinct appearance

(Source: Karl Mayer)
(Source: Karl Mayer)

With an intricate look created by a filigree pattern and symmetry of the design elements, Karl Mayer has developed a lace that is characterized by a very precise and distinct appearance.
The new MJ 92/1 B multi-bar jacquard raschel machine of Karl Mayer Group, Obertshausen/Germany, is used to produce Symm-Net. Equipped with a split threaded jacquard bar, the machine can work both equal and counter-lapped patterns, and also has 2 ground bars at the back operating counter-lapped to complete the symmetry. Symm-Net was launched in an elastomeric galloon targeted at lingerie. Here a counter-lapping jacquard movement combined with the 2 counter-lapped elastane bars created a successful symmetry.
The advantages of Symm-Net are particularly evident in designs with small holes and fine mesh structures. Lightweight lace and in particular Chantilly stylings are now growing in demand. At the Interfilière in Paris/France in January 2023, many manufacturers showed complex designs, clip patterns and classic Chantilly looks in new ways at the leading trade fair. Fine designs incorporating metallic yarns were especially popular.
For the new Symm-Net lace, typical Chantilly yarns were used – polyamide (PA) and 15% cotton for the gimps. The lace is made as a cross band flounce on the MJ 92/1 B. This means the lace is delivered in 3 m strips and is separated by hand.
The new rigid Symm-Net patterns are suitable for garments such as collars, cuffs or inserts, and also attracted attention at Interfilière.

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