The responsibility for textile and Alcantara, a leather-like microfibre, lies with Kateřina Vránová and Jessica Lopez (from Spain). “Alcantara is very pleasant to touch, looks like leather and is equally expensive, because its production is complex. It is used for seats and doors in the SUPERB and KODIAQ and it is also part of some accessory configurations (higher trim levels) in other models. We draw inspiration from Nature, and we are interested in a variety of bio-textiles, such as bamboo, linen, wool and Tencel, a fabric made from wood pulp cellulose. Plus, we pay a great deal of attention to recycled polyester. Besides creating patterns for textiles to be used on future seats, we look for new upholstery options, such as incorporating natural light to the seat design and thus using it as a decorative element – to name a few examples, light can be part of seat’s edges, backlit logos or spotlights located inside the textile area. We also use fluorescent materials“.
Seen exclusively as an upholstery material so far, textile can perform some other functions, too. In thermal print solutions, for example, it can change its color at a certain temperature or sense various bodily and/or interior parameters and then provide the driver with useful data. And while today such solutions are still regarded as hot innovations, a few years from now they may be seen as ordinary interior items, and not only in cars.