Textile News Directory
The textile industry is primarily concerned with the design and
production of textile fibers, yarn, cloth, clothing, and the distribution
of these products. The words fabric and cloth are used in textile
assembly trades (such as tailoring and dressmaking) as synonyms
for textile. However, there are subtle differences in these terms
in specialized usage. Textile refers to any material made of interlacing
fibres. A fabric is a material made through weaving, knitting, spreading,
crocheting, or bonding that may be used in production of further
goods (garments, etc.). Cloth may be used synonymously with fabric
but is often a finished piece of fabric used for a specific purpose
(e.g., table cloth).
The woven fabric portion of the textile industry grew out of the
industrial revolution in the 18th century as mass production of
yarn and cloth became a mainstream industry.
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The raw material may be natural, or synthetic. Synthetic fibers
can also be referenced as artificial fibers or man-made fibers.
Artificial fibers can be made by extruding a polymer, through a
spinneret into a medium where it hardens. Natural fibers are either
from animals (sheep, goat, rabbit, silk-worm) mineral (asbestos)
or from plants (cotton, flax, sisal).
Here are a few important textile industry news events from the past.
In 1734 in Bury, Lancashire, John Kay invented the flying shuttle
— one of the first of a series of inventions associated with the
cotton woven fabric industry. The flying shuttle increased the width
of cotton cloth and speed of production of a single weaver at a
In 1764, James Hargreaves is credited as inventor of the spinning
jenny which multiplied the spun thread production capacity of a
single worker — initially eightfold and subsequently much further.
The stocking frame invented in 1589 for silk became viable when
in 1759, Jedediah Strutt introduced an attachment for the frame
which produced what became known as the Derby Rib, which allowed
stockings to be manufactured in cotton.
Rayon invented in 1910.
DuPont's nylon was invented in 1935 as in inexpensive silk substitute.
In the 1920s, the computer was invented; in the 1940s, acetate,
modacrylic, metal fibres, and saran were developed; acrylic, polyester,
and spandex were introduced in the 1950s. Polyester became hugely
popular in the apparel market, and by the late 1970s, more polyester
was sold in the United States than cotton.
Industry integration and global manufacturing led to many small
firms closing for good during the 1970s and 1980s in the United
States; during those decades, 95 percent of the looms in North Carolina,
South Carolina and Georgia shut down, and Alabama and Virginia also
saw many factories close.
Additional textile industry news pages:
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