As cosplay flies from niche to mainstream, so too goes the market for the material used to create it.

Quality cosplay is a combination of craft and components – even the most ingenious designer and tailor can find themselves frustrated by poor quality material. One sign of the demand for good cosplay goods: this week at New York Comic Con, Cosplay Fabrics is announcing a new line of – surprise! – cosplay fabrics to be sold starting March 2016 at Jo-Ann Fabrics nationwide.

If you’re at NYCC, you can feel the quality for yourself at Booth #945. More details from the press release:

Until now, costumers interested in pushing the creativity of their designs to the next level had two choices — either make due with limited selections at local stores or shop online, which takes away the all important ability to touch and feel the material to make sure it’s the right fit for a given project. The new line of Cosplay Fabrics brings a whole range of specialty fabric options right to local Jo-Ann’s stores, where many cosplayers are already shopping — options that could only be found previously by traveling to fashion districts in New York City or Los Angeles.

The Cosplay Fabrics product lineup includes materials such as 4-way Stretch Spandex and 4-way Jumbo Spandex in a wide variety of colors and materials perfect for cosplay creations. Some of the unique coatings available on these stretch materials will be options such as foil and PU leather — perfect materials for creating the next superhero, science-fiction and fantasy characters. The line will also include elaborate brocade and coutil fabrics, perfect for popular Victorian and steampunk designs, as well as novelty fabrics for armor and more…

The entire selection of fabrics was developed in close concert with cosplay superstar, Yaya Han. A name instantly recognizable to cosplayers and fans of superhero, anime and sci-fi conventions, Han is a professional costume designer, model and cosplay entertainer who has been active in the world of cosplay for more than 15 years. She was featured on TV in the SyFy network’s “Heroes of Cosplay” and served as a guest judge on two seasons of the TBS network’s “King of the Nerds” competition.

“This new line from Cosplay Fabrics represents a paradigm shift in the world of cosplay,” says Han. “Dressing up and creating your own fandom at events like Comic Con in San Diego and New York has really gone mainstream in the last few years. Now it will be even easier for everyone to make their own costumes and create their own fandom!”

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