Cotton textiles and innovation in the fashion clothing industry


Cotton textiles and innovation in the fashion clothing industry

Cotton textiles are cloths which are woven by hand or machine using cotton fibres and they are part of our lives now.  In modern day society an average person has a collection of 50 clothes in his or her wardrobe. As a country grows economically it also increases international presence, so does the clothing styles corresponding to the global fashion. One can see young people in London and Lahore, Sweden and Sydney all tend to wear the same kind of clothing. However, different cultures have modified these originally European styles in accordance with local values and lifestyles.

The most important function of clothing besides covering our bodies is to serve as a signifier of social identity, including gender, and it would remain true forever.  If we look at the history of cotton textiles, clothing of the 19th century made a distinctions between men’s and women’s clothing in colour, shape, fabric, and style but later these distinctions have broken down, especially when women claimed for equal rights. As we see now-a-days trousers and t-shirts are two good examples of men’s styles now worn regularly by both men and women.

Even though research and new technologies has discovered various new kinds of fibre which can be used in weaving but cotton would stay the most dominating fibres of all due to its nature of softness and sweat absorbs quality. New textile techniques and tread of going green demand use natural products for weaving clothes and textile industry is successful in achieving this goal by blending cotton with many other fibre types available.  Innovations in textiles and clothing manufacturing often appear first in the specialized sports clothing and then rapidly spread to everyday dress. Just as clothing sends signals about gender, it carries messages about situations and occasions; special formal attire of some sort will continue to be a part of fashion for the foreseeable future.

Fashion designers now-a-days spend more time on designing daily used clothes than clothing for special occasion and this trend towards casual wear dress is expected to rise. A continuing long-term fashion trend in designing casual and sports attire in the overall wardrobe of both men and women is key to the future businesses in textile industry. Tailored suits as business attire are now rapidly giving way to more casual dresses and blend of cotton with newly discovered fibres is the future.