• home
  • TEXTILES AND CLOTHING
    TF 9- Thumbnail.png

    Through collaboration across the cotton supply chain, the Better Cotton initiative is helping develop a more resilient sector, writes Ruchira Joshi...

    TF7-Thumbnail.png

    More must be done to ensure that development policies provide decent working conditions for people producing goods and services, writes Dominik Ziller...

    How improving garment workers’ jobs leads to better development8

    Upholding compliance with labour standards in the garment industry means safer and better jobs, writes Dan Rees...

    th

    ITC is helping connect India with East African markets. That’s a win-win solution for traders on both sides of the Indian Ocean, writes Susanna Pak..

    thumn

    Indian demand for leather goods outstrips supply. A solution to the shortage lies just across the ocean: partnering with East African businesses, which have materials to meet the need and a desire to upgrade their countries’ leather sector.This.....

    Stella Jean 4 - Credit Luca Sorrentino_thmb.jpg

    International Trade Forum talks fashion and development with Italian-Haitian designer Stella Jean on who she made the leap from catwalk to drawing boardTrade Forum: You started off as a model before deciding to design clothes and accessories yourself......

    myanmar

    Emerging from decades of international isolation, Myanmar is embarking upon a new chapter in its history led by political and economic reforms. According to U Pwint San, the Southeast Asian country’s Deputy Minister of Commerce, it is trade that is moving.....

    Thumbnails-Designing-jobs-through-jewellery-making.jpg

    Jordanian designer Nadia Dajani does not only create beautiful jewellery but also employs women, who might otherwise not have such opportunities...

    Thumbnails Paris-pop-up-store-provides.jpg

    Thanks to ITC’s Trade Support and Regional Integration Programme for the Côte d’Ivoire (PACIR), 10 companies from the West African country held meetings with professional buyers and sold their products in Paris last summer...

    thumbnails-rounding-up50-years

    June 2014 marked ITC’s 50th Anniversary which was celebrated in Geneva with high-level panel discussions, a cocktail reception and fashion show featuring the latest designs by Stella Jean..

    Thumbnails blending fashion and development

    Beneficiaries of the ITC Women and Trade textiles and garments project attended a capacity building workshop at Parsons The New School for Design in New York...

    Peru

    Thanks to international partners such as ITC, Peru’s exports are now thriving, writes Magali Silva..

    Small steps towards a big renaissance

    A decade after the civil war ended, Liberia is now slowly but surely on its long way towards economic recovery..

    Crafting economic independence for women.

    Creating sustainable employment through trade in rural villages in Viet Nam, more than doubling the income of thousands of people...

    Publications

    Resources on trade and export development for exporters, trade support institutions and policymakers..

    Lifting people out of poverty

    Supporting African countries to achieve economic development and growth through trade and job creation...

    Seizing opportunity changing lives.

    Preserving traditional skills and cultures through sustainable community businesses in Lao People’s Democratic Republic and Peru..

    The relationship between trade and gender has been hotly debated. Some say that globalization has excluded or impoverished women, causing disproportionate job losses due to the influx of foreign goods into domestic markets. Others argue that increased.....

    The story of Art Atlas Peru is proof that shrewd business and a commitment to social welfare can go hand in hand. Art Atlas Peru is an ecological and socially driven enterprise that produces sweaters and cardigans from the highest quality natural fibres,.....

    ITC’s Cotton Development Initiative uses South-South cooperation to make Africa a stronger competitor in the international cotton trade. It has two major focus areas: facilitating learning and collaboration with countries that have successfully built.....

    Cotton is one success of Zambia’s turn towards a market economy and offers a powerful tool for poverty reduction. Until recently, the industry had been dominated by the foreign-owned private sector that dictated prices and marketing arrangements for.....

    The potential of the private sector to reduce poverty is well recognized; however, this has not been evident in the fashion industry. Fashion is one of the most globalized sectors, providing employment to more than 60 million people, mainly women and.....

    When I opened the 31st formal, and final, Working Party on the Accession of the Russian Federation to the WTO, jubilation and excitement were in the air. It was among the most eagerly awaited events at the WTO, bringing to a close 18 years of talks between.....

    Introduced in the early 1900s, cotton farming in Kenya did not expand greatly until the 1970s. At that time, cotton was identified by the government as a crucial crop to fight poverty in the country, and at least 20 ginneries were established. The industry’s.....

    Resources on trade and export development for exporters, trade support institutions and policymakersCOTTON AND CLIMATE CHANGE:  Impacts and options to mitigate and adaptCotton production is both a contributor to and a ‘victim’ of climate.....

    Resources on trade and export development for exoprters, trade support institutions and policymakers..

    An ITC project manager's enthusiasm for cycling led to a historic link between ASSOS, one of the biggest names in cyclists' clothing, and Textiline, a small, service-oriented Kazakh company. Together, they established the world's first line of "after-bike" wear...

    In August 1998, a young, would-be businessman returned home to Ruritania from a year of language studies in Europe. "They've got everything they think they could ever want there," he told his doting parents. "But what they don't have is anything like our Ruritanian widgets. A huge market is ready and waiting. All we need to do is convert that little factory down the road to mass production for export and our fortune will be made!" His enthusiasm was infectious. They set up to expand the family firm, ordered state-of-the-art Ruritanian widget-making equipment and hired hundreds of workers. Within a year, more widgets came off the production line in a week than the old factory had turned out for the Ruritanian market in a year and the warehouse was full...

    Gap Inc. is one of the world's largest clothing retailers. It is also an industry leader in ethical sourcing and supply chain management through a social responsibility programme that advocates human rights as an essential component of quality and standards management...

    Africa has traditionally been an important cotton production base. Before the textiles and clothing quota phase-out, cotton markets were mainly in Europe. Today almost 80% of world cotton fibre is processed into yarn in Asia. In contrast, fibre transformation rates in Africa are at a historic low. Thus, on average, 83% of sub-Saharan African cotton is exported as lint, almost exclusively through international merchants to Asia...

    When big buyers and their suppliers use information technology in the clothing business, it is more than just adding computers to conventional commerce. It usually means suppliers take on new responsibilities...

    In East Africa, an ITC Ethical Fashion project is demonstrating that international quality and standards can be met, even in the most remote and impoverished communities...

    The end of quotas in the textiles and clothing industry benefits large Asian producers. Yet other countries also have a stake in the business. The sector plays a major economic role in many least developed countries, especially in Africa, and in other small, vulnerable countries. To avoid losing important business, their firms need to exploit duty-free advantages to the full, diversify products and expand their supply chains...

    Arequipa, Peru's second most industrialized city and commercial hub, supplies 85% of the world's alpaca fibre. Recognizing the export potential of women entrepreneurs in the Arequipa alpaca textile and clothing sector, ITC - together with the Peruvian Export and Tourism Promotion Commission (PROMPERU) - developed a project to strengthen their capacity to penetrate international markets more competitively. The project approach focused on three key areas: design and product development; market access; and business development and marketing strategies...

    © International Trade Centre, International Trade Forum - Issue 1/2001 More than 60 companies from six member countries of the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO), attended the first ECO Buyers-Sellers Meeting on Textiles and Clothing (Istanbul, October 2001). The representatives from Azerbaijan, the Islam..

    Our world is unsustainable right now in the way it operates. Our incipient macroeconomic recovery is very fragile and will be unsustainable unless we have what we promised we would have but do not yet have - a green recovery. We will not even be able to manage a short-term macroeconomic recovery unless we integrate strategies for climate change mitigation and adaptation into our macroeconomic policies...

    Climate change and broader environmental concerns have, as yet, had only a relatively minor impact on shaping the direction of economic growth in South-East Asia. However, prospects for change are expanding with growing global concern and increasing competition for and pressure upon available agricultural land and water...

    When quotas restricted Chinese clothing exports, manufacturers had to find new ways to compete. They diversified into producing every kind of garment, not just low-value products. The levels of skill and service they acquired in the process set new standards in the industry, which they could fully exploit once quotas ended...

    "The Association of Apparel and Textile Exporters in Bulgaria is organizing a trade show for professionals. Having read your article, can you visit Sofia and present your views and ITC information to the participants? Could we distribute your article and other relevant ITC materials to our Bulgarian member companies?"Borislav Georgiev (borislav@bia-bg.com), Director for International Economic Relations, Bulgarian Industrial Association,Bulgaria..

    At ITC's Joint Advisory Group Meeting (April 2000), the International Silk Association (ISA) took the floor to express its appreciation for its partnership with ITC:"Ladies and gentlemen, ISA is a worldwide organization devoted exclusively to silk. Founded 50 years ago, it serves as a forum for every country in the silk business, either production, processing or trade. The Association has members in 40 countries, and includes the major silk producers...

    It's a buyer's market in the textiles and clothing industry. In today's post-quota world, let the seller beware! The industry has gone through fast and wrenching changes, especially in the last year.Under pressure from buyers, clothing suppliers are becoming service providers. With buyers focused on their core business of retailing, the most competitive suppliers offer services that go far beyond sewing garments. Alliances with fabric and trim producers give manufacturers an edge. They brings manufacturers in at an early stage in providing an important service (sourcing) for buyers. Another "must" is related to information and communications technology. Big buyers now insist on technology applications that handle everything from stock management to design to bidding for orders. The articles below give you a flavour of trends and concerns from the perspective of developing and transition economies...

    Over the past few months ITC organized four events in Asian cities on the implementation of the World Trade Organization's Agreement on Textiles and Clothing and related eco-labelling issues...

    The past decade has seen tourism drive poverty reduction, especially in Africa. Investments in the tourism industry have led to new employment opportunities and increased income for poor communities situated close to tourist destinations as a result of tourists spending more time and money in these areas. Indeed, developments in the tourism industry and its related value chains have resulted in notable increases in trade through tourism...

    Textiles and Clothing: What Happens After 2005? This article inForum's trade talks issue (2/2003) interested many readers. With quotas ending in 2005, many producers - and even countries - risk disappearing as garment suppliers in an oversupplied market. As a follow-up, we share a sample of your reactions, highlight ITC's recommendations for action and outline the technical assistance it can offer...

    Reverse Internet auctions put clothing manufacturers in competition with one another to offer buyers low prices. By teaming up with textile mills and trim suppliers, manufacturers can bid prices that won't wipe out their profit margins...

    Sheer, unforgettable magic. With house music setting a hypnotic pulse, psychedelic lighting injecting an edge and giant screens capturing the allure of the catwalk, a national fashion event that would not have been out of place in Paris, New York or Milan was held in Romania earlier this year. Stunning Romanian models were dressed to boost their country's garment exports - a crowning achievement that reflects its successful partnership with ITC during its transition years...

    The global economic crisis has radically changed market opportunities and the global business environment. As the global economy rebalances, the new drivers of economic growth are expected to come from increasing consumption in and demand from emerging markets.In this edition, we explore the impact of shifting market trends on trade, investment and opportunity with commentary from leading businessmen and -women, economists and researchers. We also take an in-depth look at some of the challenges and opportunities these shifts are presenting for sectors including foreign investment, biotechnology, services outsourcing, tourism, textiles and clothing...

    Silk has a miniscule percentage of the global textile fibre market-less than 0.2%. This figure, however, is misleading, since the actual trading value of silk and silk products is much more impressive. This is a multibillion dollar trade, with a unit price for raw silk roughly twenty times that of raw cotton. (The precise global value is difficult to assess, since reliable data on finished silk products is lacking in most importing countries.) To give an idea of the value, however, the annual turnover of the China National Silk Import and Export Corporation alone is US$ 2-2.5 billion.Unlike some other textiles, silk-wearing traditions and demand go back a long way. A good example is India, where the local demand greatly exceeds supply (and hampers export growth). India has thus become the largest importer of raw silk, despite the fact that it is now the second largest producer. Some other silk producers are also experiencing fast-growing local demand, such as China, where consumers are increasingly able to afford the lower price range silk products. This pattern is also expected to repeat itself in Viet Nam...

    Formerly a luxury trade, the silk industry is at a crossroads. New sandwashed silk brought a wider range of affordable silk products within the reach of millions of consumers during the 1990s. Competition from high-tech synthetics has eaten away market share. Raw silk prices have plummeted by half, to the point that they threaten the sustainability of this industry.Traditional producers are cutting back on labour-intensive silk production, as urban industries lure farmers from a business in which incomes dropped radically in recent years. Meanwhile, millions of livelihoods are at stake, especially in rural areas, for this traditional and environmentally sustainable product...

    For developing country suppliers, no other service may be more important than sourcing to compete in the post-2005 era...