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  Handweavers Guild of America: Dedicated to promoting textile arts and preserving textile heritage. HGA is an international membership association created to encourage excellence, inspire creativity, and preserve fiber arts traditions through education and community. Their mission is to educate, support and inspire the fiber art community. They invite weavers, spinners, dyers, basket makers, and all fiber art enthusiasts to join them.

  Home Sewing Association: Since the 1920s, the Home Sewing Association (HSA) has represented the many facets of the home sewing industry. The Association brings together fabric, pattern, notions, fiber, craft, home decorating, publishing and sewing machine companies with manufacturers, retailers, educators, wholesalers and buying offices. In 1996, the Association merged with the International Sewing Machine Association (ISMA), an organization comprised of independent sewing machine dealers and distributors, creating the only organization representing the entire home sewing industry. Members meet at trade shows to exchange ideas, share information and showcase new products.  

  Hong Kong Fashion Designers Association: The Hong Kong Fashion Designers Association (HKFDA) was founded in 1984 by a group of successful and enthusiastic local fashion designers. As a non-profit making and self-financing organization, it aims to unite fashion designers, with both professionalism and expertise, to develop and better both their careers and the industry within and beyond the territory. With supports from the industry and fellow designers in the past 26 years, the Association has evolved to a key platform to share ideas and experiences through organizing fashion events such as catwalk shows, seminars, interviews and group discussions. Reputed not only as an official unit of Hong Kong fashion elites who provides excellent services with expertise, the HKFDA joins its force to promote the industry with other organizations and official bodies to become:

The Hong Kong Fashion Designers Association is recognized as one of the leading fashion institutions in the region of Hong Kong SAR, Mainland China and other cities in the South Pacific region.

  Hong Kong Intimate Apparel Industries' Association : The intimate apparel industry has been playing a significant role in the local clothing industry, which has gained for Hong Kong the reputation of being a leading production centre and an international sourcing hub for textiles and clothing.  Organized by the HKTDC and held at the HKCEC, the Hong Kong Fashion Week for Fall /winter offers buyers a fantastic spread of the very latest in garments and accessories from high-end fashion to mass merchandise. Highlights of the fair include "Garment Mart", "World of Fashion Accessories", "Fashion Gallery", "Brand Name Gallery" and "International Fashion Designers' Showcase" etc.

  Illinois Retail Merchants Association: State retail organization that represents more than 23,000 stores of all sizes and merchandise lines.   Members include the nations largest chains as well as independent stores in towns across Illinois.

  INDA (See association of the non-woven fabrics industry)

  Indian Textile Association: directory of textile associations and apparel associations in India.  The Indian Textile Association had been developed by the Apparel Search Company.

  International Alpaca Association (IAA): based in Peru, Non-profit trade organization of companies and breeders, involved in the production, processing and trade of alpaca fiber. Extensive article on properties and uses.

  International Apparel Federation (IAF): Provides the leadership to bring together important apparel industry associations, trade groups and companies to further.

  International fabrics Association International (IFAI): The Industrial fabrics Association International (IFAI) is a not-for-profit trade association with more than 2,000 member firms that represent the international technical fabrics marketplace. IFAI is the industry's largest, most comprehensive trade association, and provides a variety of products, services and programs.

  International Federation of Customs Brokers (IFCBA): The International Federation of Customs Brokers Associations is building an infrastructure to raise international trade communication to new levels. This web service will embrace the new media to provide a bridge among member countries for information exchange, collaboration and interactivity.

  International Formalwear Association: Founded in 1973, the International Formalwear Association (formerly the American Formalwear Association) is the only alliance of all factors of the formalwear industry with formalwear specialists, wholesalers, and manufacturers from the United States, Canada, Mexico, Australia, Puerto Rico, England and Sweden, joined together to promote the use and acceptance of formalwear.

  The International Forum for Cotton Promotion (IFCP) is a non-governmental body composed of national and international cotton industry organizations. The mission of the IFCP is to encourage increased consumer demand for cotton through the implementation of national cotton demand enhancement programs. The Forum serves as a clearinghouse for information about proven techniques of cotton promotion, best practices in retail-level communication, and cost-effective measures of boosting consumer demand. e-mail:

  International Glove Association: their team represents every facet of the hand protection industry — glove manufacturers, glove distributors, glove importers and exporters, glove manufacturers' representatives, and glove suppliers. In September of 2001, glove industry leaders met in Atlanta, Georgia, to discuss the formation of a new, all inclusive organization. Members of the International Hand Protection Association (IHPA) and the National Industrial Glove Distributors Association (NIGDA) saw major benefits to be gained by combining the strengths of the two associations. These meetings resulted in the founding of the IGA in January, 2003

  International Quilt Association (USA): nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation of the art of quilting, the attainment of public recognition for quilting as an art form, and the advancement of the state of the art throughout the world.

  International Rayon and Synthetic Fibres Committee (CIRFS): based in Belgium, roof organization for the European man-made fiber industry. Classification and detailed descriptions for common fibers and their manufacturing processes. Business data. List of publications. Links to member sites.

  International Textile and Apparel Association (ITAA): ITAA aims to advance excellence in scholarship and education in the textiles, apparel, and merchandising

  International Textile Manufacturers Federation (ITMF)is an international association for the world's textile industries.  They are dedicated to keeping its members continuously informed via surveys, studies and publications.  They also educate members through the organization of annual conferences, participating in the evolution of the industry's basic raw materials and their application, through specialised committees, with the overall objective of creating growth and prosperity in all aspects of the industryDirector General, Dr. Herwig Strolz, can be e-mailed at the address

  The Israel Textile & Fashion Association: For over 50 years, the Israel Textile & Fashion Association has been promoting the career developments of engineers, technologist, marketing and all other professionals within the Israeli Textile Industry. The Israeli affiliate of "The Textile Institute" and the Israeli chapter of the IFKT organization are integral parts of the Israel Textile & Fashion Association.

  Italian Association of Textile Producers (ACIMIT) [Italian Textile Machinery]

  IWA-Wool Bureau (NY) "The world of Wool" Association. Now part of The Woolmark Company.

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