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The world of fibres and yarns
What do handbags, hovercrafts, habitats, hang-gliding, halyards, healthcare and horticulture have in common? Natural fibres like wool, cotton, silk, jute and linen were used to make textiles more than 5,000 years ago. Textiles, once used primarily as a means of protecting oneself from the environment and for ornamentation, has moved beyond the home into construction, transportation, aerospace, agriculture and medicare, over the last hundred years.
Value addition holds key to future growth
The art of textile making began to develop in the Stone Age. The first textile fabric was probably a nonwoven crude felt, made by compressing loose clumps of fleece from wild sheep. The second stage was invention of yarn which was extracted from various barks of various plants in accordance to their availability.
Vision, strategy and action plan for Indian textile sector
Over the last 10 years, India’s textile and apparel exports have grown at the rate of 11 per cent. After the phasing out of export quotas in 2005 India’s export performance has been below expectations. Vietnam and Bangladesh have shown remarkable success.
Global meet on natural fibres
The Indian Natural Fibre Society plans to organise International Conference on Natural Fibres from July 9-11, 2014 at Science City, Kolkata. The theme of the conference is Jute & Allied Fibres.
Scope for Jute as Geotextiles
Jute geotextiles are generally 25 per cent cheaper than other fabrics. They are also biodegradable. However, being biodegradable, it is low on longevity and is best used in rural or arterial roads,