Food, clothing and shelter are three basic requirements of civilized human life. Textiles fulfill this second requirement, providing us protection against inclement weather, saving our dignity, and making us look and feel good. Cotton cultivation for cloth has probably been going around for the last 14,000 years around the banks of Nile in Egypt. In the years since dozens of other fibers have been discovered and invented – some having animal origin, some vegetable, and others like minerals and synthetic products. Today, textile is one of the largest industries in terms of employment, and one of the largest in the developing countries in terms of turnover as well. With the expiry of Multi Fiber Arrangement in 2005, textile markets have grown tremendously.
Textiles being a labor intensive industry, advanced weaving techniques are being devised to compensate for lower labor density in textile industries of developed countries. Niche markets for sophisticated knitwear and other types of weaves are being explored and supplemented. High quality cloths and textiles still command a market across the world. Synthetic fibers like acrylic, lurex, spandex, tectel, lycra, nylon, polyester, polypropylene, or other production methods like braiding, plaiting, crochet, felt, knitting, lace, and other processes like carding, bleaching, dyeing, embroidering, starching, etc are used to reach the cutting edge of textile production. At the same time, the expiry of MFA heralds a new age for developing countries like China, India, Egypt, Turkey and Brazil.
In this section of the website we provide links to many textile resources, from different production techniques to manufacturers of various yarns.