Not as well-known as other technologies….yet fabric technology is a major effort at NC State. Fabrics in the past were a key part of the North Carolina economy….now, not so much in low-cost fabrics but in value-added products.
The N&O story: http://www.newsobserver.com/2012/08/26/2292834/fabric-printing-company-a-cut.html on Spoonflower…. a custom fabric producer in the Research Triangle….that sells custom printed fabrics on the Internet world-wide.
By connecting with fabric R & D and developing a specialized market….along with the power of the Internet…. Spoonflower has developed a successful business model.
The website is simple and effective with a stong customer interface…..the way good businesses operate.