The future of the textile industry is in your hands, ladies and gentlemen. The textile industry is one of the oldest industries still active today, employing millions worldwide. It employs women and men who are highly skilled in the production, designing, and processing of fabrics into functional items such as bedspreads and tablecloths, as well as other accessories. These items are sold globally and have a strong impact on economies everywhere.
If you want to be in charge of the future of textiles, you must first understand what this industry is and how it works. You may be surprised to know that the textile industry produces far more than you think. In fact, nearly three-quarters of all clothing worldwide is produced in textile manufacturing factories. Women and men alike specialize in a number of textile functions, such as producing clothes, sweaters, weddings, and even textiles for the home.
This means that you can be in charge of the future of textiles by helping to shape the future of apparel. One day soon, your children may come up to you and ask you about the role you play in the apparel industry. You may be surprised to learn that you have been chosen to head the Human Resources Department of one of the many textile companies around the world. You will get to witness firsthand how your decisions can positively affect the quality of the clothes your company produces and the income it earns. The way you manage your company and your employees can either make or break your company’s fortune.
The textile production process begins with the creation of cotton fibres. Long before the cotton is grown, farmers cultivate the soil around them, mixing it with water to form fertile soil perfect for planting. Once the seeds are planted, the plants grow, producing long, flexible fibres that can be used to create everything from curtains and bedspreads to sweat clothes and even T-shirts.
With these fibres, textile industry manufacturers can turn those beautiful fabrics into a myriad of garments. You may be surprised to know that the textile industry contributes more than 18% of the world’s revenue. However, this figure doesn’t just refer to sales in the apparel and garment industry alone. Most importantly, garments produced by this sector also help countries in the Global South to achieve economic and social progress because these products cannot be afforded by everyone.
Cotton is one of the primary ingredients of most apparel, yet the fibre costs a lot. The reason is that cotton is a costly crop. Fortunately, textile industry companies have invested time, energy, and technology to develop better fibres that are more affordable and accessible to the global market. In the future, fibre technologies that are more cost-effective, such as bamboo, might replace cotton. However, for now, cash crops such as turmeric, palm oil, manganese, yarn, and wool remain key to the profitability of the apparel and garment industry.
To produce these more affordable and viable textiles, textile manufacturing companies are making use of advanced technology. For example, smart textiles help to produce clothing that has a high density, yet is light-weight. This means that it can be used to manufacture high-quality but relatively cheap clothes.
Another area where the textile industry is looking forward to investing is in its environmental footprint. With government policies increasingly favoring eco-friendly clothing, textile manufacturers are looking at ways to improve their carbon footprint. A recent study showed that this was possible with the development of new technology. By using cotton grown organically, textile sector companies are able to reduce their carbon footprint even more. It is highly likely that government policies will continue to favor eco-friendly textiles in the future, which will only be a good thing for the textile sector and the environment.