Overview of the Textile Industry
Textile businesses work with cloth or material by using thread or yarn to create an interlacing network of fibres. The word textiles stems from the latin word textilis which translates as woven. Textiles can be made using animal products such as wool and silk or from plant, mineral and synthetic sources. Various methods of connecting the fibres together produces a different pattern.
Weaving can be done by using the traditional method of a loom which is operated by hand but with today’s technology; most weaving is now done by mechanical means.
Knitting and crocheting are two old-fashioned ways of creating knitwear. These involve using either knitting needles or crochet hooks. It is a slow arduous method, but the results are worthwhile, and many people enjoy it as a favourite hobby or pastime. Persons or companies wishing to locate nearby textile suppliers can access a business directory and look under 'Wool and Needlecraft Supplies'
Carpets, rugs and matting are a popular choice when it comes to covering a hard floor. It brightens up the room, adds colour and also can take away the starkness by softening and adding comfort. They would come under the heading of Textile Floorcoverings and suppliers of these can easily be located by looking online at a trade business directory. This will give product information as well as local and national suppliers and businesses relating to this subject.
A Haberdashers is the name given to a particular shop which sells a whole manner of items relating to textiles and fabric; such as buttons, reels of thread, sew-on patches, ribbon and rolls of material and cloth. Similarly, if you were looking for a specific item such as a particular type of thread, you may look under Yarn Supplies. From a shop such as this, you would also be able to purchase knitting needles, crochet hooks and every colour, thickness and type of yarn.
Anyone wishing to purchase small or bulk purchases, by simply looking under Sewing Supplies, Linen Supplies or Fabric Supplies on an online business directory. This resource will give them all the information that they require as well as a list of companies or suppliers they can contact. Large corporate companies and hotels often enlist a linen supplier to stock their hotels, guest houses or company restrooms with towels, hand cloths, bed linen, pillowcases, bathrobes, duvets, table linen and tea towels. The suppliers can either be contracted to supply only or turnaround service, whereupon they deliver fresh supplies and pick up the soiled products to take away and professionally clean them before re-supplying.
Garments have fixings sewn in or attached in order to enable them to fasten or close such as a hook and eye system, poppers, buttons, Velcro and Zips. There are companies who make and sell specific types such as Zip Fasteners or all types. As well as employing machinists and people to cut out fabric and stitch garments together, some factories employ machinists purely to make zips which are then sewn individually into the fabric. These are very common in small industrial towns and cities.
In some countries, the textile industry has poor conditions and low pay. Many people, in particular women and children, work long hours for a pittance. These factories are known as ‘sweat-houses’, but with the media highlighting their work conditions and rates of pay, they are slowly being phased out and replaced with better conditions and a more profitable wage for the work that they do.
Professional makers and suppliers of Curtains, blinds and window coverings can be located in a company directory by looking under 'Curtain and Blind Fittings'. This will include companies and professional individuals who produce custom-made and bespoke coverings and fittings for all types of window and doors. They will also usually offer a service whereupon they will measure the windows and doors that require curtains or blinds thus ensuring that the measurements are correct.
Handbags, suitcases, holdalls and all types of bags are produced by stitching a material together and then adding a fastening of some kind. Most are custom-made in factories, but some are individually hand-made, being painstakingly sewn by hand so that the buyer is purchasing a design that is unique. Obviously, the price of the product will reflect the work that has gone into it as well as the uniqueness – but many people see this as an investment and love the idea that they own a bag that is a one-off.
Famous fashion designers have designed certain styles of handbags such as the ‘Birkin bag’. These are highly-sought after and often have a waiting list that certain celebrities manage to jump in order to own the latest bag in that season’s colour! Other bags are more run-of-the-mill and are mass produced in order to supply shops with inexpensive cloth or hessian bags that they can re-use again. These can be found by looking under Bag Supplies in a business directory.