As a veteran of the textile/apparel industry, one of the fundamental
elements I can remember learning is from my formative
college years at Philadelphia University (formerly Philadelphia
College of Textiles & Science). The textile and garment business
is like a domino effect – the next procedure depends on the previous
procedure. Thus, if you start with great quality and work it
all the way through the process, you will end up with great quality.
And where do you start? Naturally, with high quality fiber –
because great fiber makes great yarn, which makes great fabric.
Great fabric makes for great dyeing/finishing and great finished
fabric becomes the main ingredient in great garments. Real simple...
but, oh, so true.
It Starts With Seed
In order to be a factor in this great industry of ours, one thing is
paramount. Plant a great seed that produces high quality fiber,
and it will make a high quality textile. A simple fact, but this
approach usually turns into real results. Just ask the successful
people in this industry.
I learned this throughout my career in the mills, whether it was
in the United States, Latin America or Asia. It still holds true
today no matter what sector of the industry is viewed. Manufacturing centers for the global textile and apparel industries
have shifted during the last 50 years, while cotton production
areas have remained relatively fixed during that time.
Cotton is one industry that the United States has grown up on
in our almost two and a half centuries. We can take pride in that
fact, and the fact that cotton has also progressed into high performance
mode, with such innovative and attractive brands as
Through my affiliation with Bayer CropScience and Olah, Inc.,
it is inspiring to note that a mature industry, such as ours, is still
having constructive innovation through seed developments like
FiberMax, which lead to a renewed passion for this industry.
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