The Early Commerce and Trade of the Textile Industry

The earliest textiles were made by man for his own clothing and dwellings. But it was not long before textiles became an essential article of commerce and trade between the peoples of the world. From China through India, over the Arabian desert to the ports of Egypt and Turkey, and across the Mediterranean Sea to Italy, the textile trade began to grow and to flourish. Caravans brought beautiful silk brocades, cotton calicoes, gauzes, and fine linens from distant countries to Europe. Local craftsmen imitated these fabrics and were inspired to create new patterns and designs.

Even at that early time, fibers were woven into complicated and beautiful patterns. The earliest looms were probably just two sticks with strands of yarn stretched between them, forming the length of the fabric. These strands are called the warp. Another set of strands, the filling, was threaded back and forth, crossing over and under the warp yarns, perhaps with a needle. In the course of time, a stick of wood was inserted into the warp.

This wooden rod, the heddle, was made so that it could raise every other warp thread. The raising created a tentlike opening, which is now called the shed. The weaver wound the filling yarn around a longish piece of wood, the shuttle, and could pass the filling across the shed with one throw, instead of weaving it slowly over and under the warp yarns. In rug and carpet weaving, the filling is called weft.

During the 15th and 16th centuries. France took over the European textile industry when the kings of France lured skilled weavers from Italy and established them in the city of Lyons.

Oddly enough, it was religious persecution that carried the secrets of weaving to the rest of Europe. When the French Huguenots (Protestants) were deprived of their religious freedom in 1685, many of the Huguenot weavers fled and set up their looms in other European countries. The textile industry spread rapidly throughout Europe.

Textile Industry

Textile industry has its own definition. It is actually something every specific with variations, sounds contradictory isn’t it? It is somehow only because of one reason: that the huge array of a variety of products that it provides ranges from one variety to the other. It has specific fields like luxury or business or everyday clothes which further have variations in looks, quality and variety. I mean there are so many things which are considered while dealing with the textile industry because it is used by every person each day. The different varieties of products are ever mounting and even exhaustive. Fabric comes into the category of daily usage material which has various branches.

First and foremost priority in this is given to the garment manufacturing. Apart from this fabric is required for shoes too. If we talk about shoes industry, now that too is one the growth stages which earlier were quite stagnant. Now it’s almost moving ahead providing shoes made of higher quality fabric to the elite and lowers to other classes depending upon the industry level and requirements. Cost varies from one to the other. Variants of products are offered to different customers.

There is no such limitation to the textile industry. It can move across boundaries from one country to the other. This is actually a trend. Cotton might be famous is one country but still is used in the others too because of the quality and smart appeal. Same is the case with tricot, synthetic and silk or any other material used in the textile industry. Export and import in the same industry are attracting more and more customers in order to cater the needs of the society which too is increasing and spreading like fire.

Huge amounts of profits are flowing into garment manufacturing but without disappointing the general public. They are not befooled on prices rather get benefited somehow. Profits are a result of increase in sales and not prices. Fabric industry is flourishing day by day along with the society which is also getting successful alongside.

In textile industry too, one has social responsibilities towards different groups. This is in regard to the environmental protection and the interest of the society. Each and every person associated with this industry has to follow some rules and regulations; their ways of performing them might be different. Consumers and the stakeholders are the two most important parties and every company from the textile industry has to take care about their interest along with employees, investors, government, suppliers and even competitors. With them, survival of the company is endangered.

No matter which every background you have, ones getting attached to this sector get more and more benefit to each one as textile is among the most important sectors which brings trade and increases sales in every country. Make sure that you oblige by the rules and other related issues and do not forsake the interest of any of the parties then only the industry and the company would move towards prosperity.