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Fashion Associations

  Japan Fashion Association (Japan): their objective is to create a better life culture and to contribute to the development of life-style related industries overall.  In July 2006, Japan Fashion Color Association and Japan Fashion Association integrated and reborned as Incorporated Foundation Japan Fashion Association.  Address: Fukushima Bldg.6F, 1-5-3, Nihonbashi-Muromachi, Chuo-Ku, Tokyo, Japan 103-0022 Tel.: +81-3-3242-1677 Fax: +81-3-3242-1678

  Japan Sewing Machinery Manufacturers Association (JASMA)

  Jute Manufactures Development Council (JMDC)   based in India. National agency for promotion and marketing of jute fiber products. Link to Indian Trade Classification Codes for jute products. Categorized product directories. Events calendar.

  Licensing Industry Merchandiser's Association (LIMA):  is a not-for-profit organization of licensors, manufacturers, retailers and other support organizations working for the advancement of professionalism in licensing.  LIMA membership provides access to a broad variety of activities, information sources and benefits. Through regional, national and international events, seminars, exhibits and publications, LIMA is the worldwide advocate for anyone interested in learning about and working in the licensing business.
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  Lithuanian Apparel and Textile Industry Association: Lithuanian Apparel and Textile Industry Association (former the Association of Light Industry Enterprises of Lithuania) joints 170 textile and textile articles, wearing apparel, dressing, leather and leather products enterprises that produce 80 % of the total industrial output of the light industry. The Association was established in 1991. In the beginning of 2002 it was renamed. This is an independent union of light industry enterprises and associate trade, services organisations as well as education institutions. Lithuanian Apparel and Textile Industry Association observes the Republic of Lithuania Law on Associations, the Statute of Lithuanian Apparel and Textile Industry Association as well as other standard acts. The Board (general meeting) is the supreme governing body of the Association. The Association Presidium - collegial body is the leading structure ensuring more efficient settlement of various urgent issues defined in the Association Statute.

  Mohair Council of America: To promote the general welfare of the mohair industry in this country.

  National Academy of Needlearts: Devoted to the advancement of embroidery as an art form. Its goal is to uphold the highest standards in the needle-arts

  National Association of College StoresNACS is a nonprofit trade association serving college and university bookstores in the United States, Canada, and 15 other countries. NACS has been serving collegiate retailers since 1923. Our membership has grown from 20 founding member stores to more than 3,100 member stores, with an additional 1,200 associate members whose companies supply merchandise and services to the nation's college stores.

  National Association. of Display Industries (NADI):  NADI, based in Hollywood, Fla., is an international, not-for-profit association representing the visual merchandising industry since 1942. The association's membership includes manufacturers, suppliers, and retailers involved in the visual merchandising industry.

  National Association of Store Fixture Manufacturers (NASFM):  Organized to raise the professional, educational, and ethical standards of the store fixture manufacturing industry, and to promote the value of members products and services to their customers.

  National Childrenswear Association: The National Childrenswear Association of Great Britain and Ireland was established 60 years ago.  It's prime purpose then was to promote the welfare of all those engaged in the British Childrenswear Industry.  Today it remains the only National Association solely dedicated to promoting the Industry, both in the UK and abroad.

  National Cleaners Association: The National Cleaners Association (NCA) is the premier professional trade association dedicated to the welfare of well-groomed consumers and the professional cleaners and suppliers who serve them.  For over 50 years, NCA has been at the vanguard of education, research, and information distribution concerning garment and household fabric care. Elected officials, government agencies, consumer groups, fashion designers and major media outlets have recognized and responded to NCA's activities, reports and tradition of excellence.Address: 252 W. 29th Street New York, NY 10001 phone: 212-967-3002 fax: 212-967-2240 email:  or  contact: Karla Clementson

  National Sporting Goods Association: Leading association for news, research, events and advocacy in the sporting goods industry. NSGA members are innovative and prosperous sporting goods retailers, team dealers, wholesalers, manufacturers, sales agents and industry associates.

  Oeko-Tex Association [Oeko-Tex 100 standard]: In the late eighties, the Austrian Textile Research Institute ÖTI (Österreichische Textil-Forschungsinstitut) in Vienna, developed a testing scheme for textiles relating to harmful substances, the "ÖTN 100". The Institute tested textiles, clothing and floor coverings to the testing criteria involved. By 1991, ten companies were already certified to this human ecological test system. Building on this wealth of knowledge and joining forces with a similar scheme; "Öko-Check", developed by the German textile institute; " Forschungsinstitut Hohenstein", the "Internationale Gemeinschaft für Forschung and Prufung auf dem Gebiet der Textilökologie"; or "OekoTex"; was developed in 1992. The first task for the International Association for Research and Testing in the Field of Textile Ecology was the elaboration of the "Öko-Tex Standard 100", to enable the testing of textiles and clothing for their human ecology properties. This standard contains analytical tests for specified harmful substances and gives limiting values based on scientific considerations. A manufacturer whose product meets the requirements set by the standard is licensed to use the registered mark or label "Tested for Harmful Substances according to Oeko-Tex Standard 100" on his product. At the beginning of 1993, further renowned textile institutes joined the International Association as members. All members tested textile products to the same Oeko-Tex standard 100 methods and accordingly used the registered label to certify these products - "Confidence in Textiles. Tested for Harmful Substances according to Oeko-Tex Standard 100." In 1995, the first edition of the Oeko-Tex Standard 1000 was issued. Here the requirements for environmentally friendly production were outlined. Manufacturing sites fulfilling a strict set of limiting value criteria, addressing areas such as banned chemicals and harmful manufacturing processes were licenced to carry the label; "Umweltfreundliche Betriebsstätte" (lit. Environmentally Friendly Manufacturing Site) and were able to then demonstrate an environmental management system. First organisations were subsequently audited in a pilot project. In 1999, the label "Oeko-Tex Standard 100 plus" was awarded for the first time. This related to a finished product, which fulfilled the requirements of the Oeko-Tex Standard 100 and was also produced only on sites carrying the Oeko-Tex Standard 1000 licence. .

  Organic Trade Association (OTA): The Organic Trade Association (OTA) is the membership-based business association for the organic industry in North America.  OTA's mission is to encourage global sustainability through promoting and protecting the growth of diverse organic trade. This obviously includes organic fibers that can be used for fabric and clothing.

  PIA:(Printing Industries of America, Inc.)   Is in the business of promoting programs, services, and an environment that helps its members operate profitably. Many of PIA's members are commercial printers, allied graphic arts firms such as electronic imaging companies, equipment manufacturers, and suppliers.

  Plains Cotton Cooperative Association: the Plains Cotton Cooperative Associastion is a farmer-owned, cotton marketing and denim manufacturing cooperative headquartered in Lubbock, Texas. They are the world's largest producer and supplier of Texas-style cotton and their American Cotton Grower's (ACG) division is a major denim manufacturer renowned for innovative, high-fashion denim fabrics and customer service.   Since its creation in 1953, PCCA has grown to become one of the largest handlers of U.S. cotton, marketing millions of bales annually. In addition to cotton marketing based in Lubbock, Texas, PCCA also owns a denim mill in Littlefield, Texas and cotton warehouse operations in Altus, Oklahoma, Liberal, Kansas and Sweetwater, Texas.

  Professional Apparel Association: The Professional Apparel Association, founded in 1984, was organized as a result of a shared concern for the future of the professional apparel industry by both retailers and manufacturers.  The Association's membership is comprised solely of manufacturers of uniforms, shoes, and accessories.

  Screen Printing & Graphic Imaging Association International (SGIA):  SGIA is the only international association for specialty imaging.  Their members are the printers, imagers and suppliers that serve this industry segment. Their goal is to provide this new generation of imaging professionals with the tools and information they need to make the best possible business decisions.  They are also associated with Digital Printing & Imaging Association (DPI)

  Seams Online: is comprised of manufacturing and contract manufacturing companies in the sewn products industry. Their supplier member companies provide valuable products and services to the sewn products industry.

  Society of Dyers and colorists:  In order to make every effort 'to advance the science of color', the Society of Dyers and colorists aims to disseminate information through the coloration industry and beyond.  This is done through the work done by the members of Council, the various committees and the membership worldwide.  The headquarters of the Society are based in Bradford, UK where the aim of the Society is embodied in:

  SPESA: The Sewn Products Equipment Suppliers Association is a member-driven organization that speaks for and acts on matters that affect the member companies. SPESA provides a forum to address the challenges of an ever-changing global marketplace.

  Supima Association of America (USA): Non-profit organization of US pima cotton growers. Market and crop information. Industry calendar. Link to information about pima cotton, its properties and uses. Directory of ginners, brokers and merchants./font>

  Taiwan Textile Federation: In 1975, the European Economic Community (EEC) decided to impose import quotas on the major textile suppliers to Europe to protect its textile industry. Since Taiwan did not have diplomatic relations with any of the EEC member countries, the Taiwan Textile Federation (TTF) under the guidance of the government was established to maintain the interests of Taiwan's textile industry in the European market and represent the government to negotiate with the EEC on November 25th, 1975.

  Textile Care Allied Trades Association (TCATA):  A professional organization representing manufacturers, suppliers, distributors and allied groups serving the textile care industry.  Members manufacture and distribute drycleaning and laundry equipment and supplies.

  Textile Machinery Manufacturers Association (India): The history of fabric production in India is as old as the Indian civilisation itself. Textile machinery manufacture falls to a much later age - the age of industrialization.

  United States Fashion Industry Association : The United States Fashion Industry Association (USFIA) represents the fashion industry: textile and apparel brands, retailers, importers, and wholesalers.  United States Fashion Industry Association members and affiliates include companies across the value chain, which support our mission to remove barriers to textile and apparel trade.

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