Philippine textile sector getting back on track


Although considered a sunset industry, the Philippine textile sector is getting back on its feet, concluded industry stakeholders at a recent seminar.

The conference, “Philippine Textiles: the Future, Today” organised by the Philippine Textile Research Institute of the Department of Science and Technology served as a platform for the exchange of ideas and insights on innovations in the textile, clothing and fashion industry.

Advocates and enthusiasts from various sectors of the government, academia, private institutions and social enterprises deliberated on where the Philippine industry is headed now, given that there has been a decline in local textile manufacturing over recent decades.

The use of indigenous materials, such as natural fibres and dyes, continues to be a promising area for the Philippine textile industry, which is also expected to receive a boost from smart textiles and eco-friendly textiles, speakers said.

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