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Clothes, shoes made from tea byproduct

An associate professor of apparel, merchandising and design at the Iowa State University has developed a gel-like cellulose-based substance that when harvested and dried looks and behaves quite similar to leather and can be used for making clothing, bags and shoes. According to Young-A Lee, a gel-like film, consisting of cellulose fibres (byproduct of kombucha tea) that feeds off a mixture of vinegar and sugar, is grown by using a symbiotic colony of bacteria and […]


China to scrap export subsidies on textile products

In a bid to reduce trade frictions with Washington, China has agreed to scrap some export subsidies on a range of product categories, including textiles. China will end its programme, called “demonstration bases-common service platform”, that provided export subsidies to seven economic sectors of Cina, including textiles, agriculture and advanced materials and metals. Last year, suppliers of subsidized services to Chinese exporters received more than US$1 billion from their government over three years, according to […]

April 15, 2016


Premiére Vision Paris: Rich fluidity, elegantly bumpy textures, chic plastics, sensual elastics, and frank graphics…

Despite the overlapping New York Fashion Week and Chinese New Year – Premiére Vision Paris that brought together 6 shows, proved convenient and a time saver for the industry. The event witnessed 55,025 visitors (France leading with more than 15,070 visitors) from 123 countries who discovered the collections and new product developments proposed by 1,725 selected exhibiting companies from spinners, weavers, accessory makers, design studios, tanners and furriers, fashion manufacturers – including 145 new companies. This […]


Thailand’s textile sector eyes value-added product market

In a bid to counter the intense competition from countries like Vietnam and Myanmar in the lower market for textiles, Thailand plans to focus on the upper market with its advantage of innovation in the medical textiles sector. In this regard, the National Federation of Thai Textile Industries has recently reported that Japan is keen on investing in Thailand for innovative products in this segment. The emerging partnership between Japan and Thailand would make the […]

April 2, 2016


Sri Lanka’s textile exports registers 12.8% decline in Dec

The export earnings of Sri Lanka from its textile and garments sector that contribute nearly 48 per cent to its total export revenue has declined for the third consecutive month by 12.8 per cent in December 2015, when its overall exports declined by 18.7 per cent, year-on-year, to US $817 million. This figure is mostly a reflection of its low exports to both the EU and USA markets. Garment exports to non-traditional markets like Canada, […]

March 5, 2016


Budget 2016: High-end RMG brought under excise duty bracket

The Union Budget 2016-17, presented by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, has proposed to levy 2 per cent excise duty on branded ready-made garments and made-up articles of textiles of retail sale price of Rs 1,000 or more. The provisions made are likely to affect retailers in a big way, according to Rahul Mehta, President, Clothing Manufacturers’ Association of India (CMAI). “It is disastrous for (the) textiles industry. At a time when the government is talking […]


Indian denim industry optimistic about rise in share of exports

The Indian denim industry is looking forward to a boost in its exports from its current share of 35 per cent. Experts are of the opinion that the Indian denim industry has the capacity to grow and increase its exports. Currently, the sector’s share of domestic sales is 65 per cent, while according to P R Roy, Chairman of Diagonal Consulting (India), “Historically, denim has been one of the fastest-growing apparel fabric segments, having grown […]


Garware-Wall Ropes Ltd revenue grows by 0.5% in Q3FY16

Announcing its financial results for the third quarter, Garware-Wall Ropes Ltd (GWRL), a leading player in technical textiles, said the company revenue from sales have grown by 0.5per cent to Rs. 185.46 crore in Q3FY16 as compared to Rs.184.60 crore in Q3FY15. The net profit after tax has grown by 43.3 per cent to Rs. 14.60 crore in the quarter as against Rs. 10.19 crore in the corresponding period of FY15. Meanwhile, profits before tax […]

February 15, 2016


Gujarati designers to showcase their collection at Heimtextil 2016

Anar Patel and Vandana Agarwal, the Gujarat designer duo who won the Interior Lifestyle Awards (ILA) 2015, will showcase their award winning collections at Heimtextil 2016 in Frankfurt, Germany. As part of their reward for this prestigious award, Anar and Vandana will now present their creations to the global design community at Heimtextil 2016 — a global trade fair for home furnishing and textiles. The event is scheduled to begin on January 12 and continue […]


China set to release development plan for textiles in its 13th Five Year Plan

China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) is expected to release its development plan for the textile industry soon. According to sources it will be released in the first half of 2016 during the 13th Five-Year Plan period (2016-2020). China’s textile industry is expected to have a double-digit growth during the period and is likely to take various measures to improve the sluggish textile industry. According to a source within the China National Textile […]


Nonwovens market to touch US $ 47.7 billion-mark by 2020

Global market research company MarketsandMarkets has projected that nonwoven fabrics/textiles market will grow from US $ 32.7 billion in 2015 to US $ 47.7 billion by 2020, at an estimated CAGR of 7.86 per cent. The report titled “Non-woven Fabrics/Textiles Market by Technology (Spunmelt, Wet Laid, Dry Laid, Others), Material (PP, PET, PE, Rayon, Wood Pulp, Others) Function (Disposable, Non-Disposable), End-Use (Hygiene, Wipes, Construction, Upholstery, Filtration) – Forecast to 2020” suggests that growth in nonwovens […]

January 5, 2016


Indian Textiles Minister launches e-auction of National Textile Corporation yarns

National Textile Corporation has commenced its first e-auction of yarns for greater transparency, efficiency and better price discovery. Union Minister of State for Textiles (I/C), Santosh Kumar Gangwar launched the scheme. Anu Garg, Joint Secretary, Textiles; P C Vaish, Chairman and Managing Director, NTC Ltd; N. Muralidaran, Managing Director & CEO, NSEiT and other senior officials were also present on the occasion. According to a release by Ministry of Textiles, the decision to adopt e-auctions […]


Indian Textiles Ministry recommends flexi-labour laws, reduction in excise duty for MMF

The Indian Ministry of Textiles has recommended Labour Ministry to facilitate certain changes to labour laws; also a reduction in excise duty for man-made fibres. Santosh Kumar Gangwar, Minister of State Textiles (Independent Charge) said, “The Textiles Ministry has recommended a reduction in the excise duty for man-made fibres to 6% from the current 12% and greater flexibility in labour laws, including doubling of the overtime limit for workers and easing restrictions for women to […]


Bangladesh’s November exports up 13.73%

Propelled by moderate performance of knitwear, woven garments, jute and jute-made goods and leather products along with agricultural products, Bangladesh’s export earnings in November 2015, registered a healthy growth of 13.73 per cent totalling at US $ 2,749.34 million as against US $ 2,417.43 million earned during the corresponding period in last fiscal year, according to reports. Also Read – Bangladesh exports more woven apparels than knitwear in FY 2014-15 According to data released by […]


National Textile Corporation Ltd Signs Integrity Pact with Transparency International India

National Textile Corporation Limited (NTC Ltd) becomes the first Indian textile corporation to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Transparency International India (TII) for adopting integrity pact. The signing ceremony was attended by K V Chowdary, Central Vigilance Commissioner; Dr. S. K Panda, Secretary, Textiles along with other senior officials from Ministry of Textiles. The pact was prepared as per the guidelines issued by Central vigilance commission. The MoU was signed by P C […]