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Textile federation promotes Taiwanese textiles

The Taiwan Textile Federation is a global leader in coordinating an industry of multiple markets and end uses.

18th March 2016

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Taipei

Sustainable, Clothing/​Footwear

The Taiwan Textile Federation is a global leader in coordinating an industry of multiple markets and end uses. Under the slogan Think Taiwan for Textiles, it plans to display all kinds of textiles samples at the exhibition, including eco-textiles, functional and fashion textiles, dyes, and trimmings.

Internationally recognised brands like Nike, The North Face, Adidas, Jack Wolfskin, VF Corp, Columbia, Lululemon, Under Armour and others rely on Taiwanese companies for innovation and sustainability.


The Taiwanese textile industries have been long time leaders in the development of environmentally friendly concepts, recycled polymer and polymer blends.

Many companies and leading brands rely on recycling elements for developing their unique products. S’Café developed by Singtex, for example, uses recycled coffee grounds to enhance polyester textiles with coffee’s natural ability to block odours.

Da-Ai has developed a collection of yarns, fabrics and garments based on recycled plastic bottles that are all collected in Taiwan. Recycled yarn is playing an important role and is a core value in Taiwan textile industry, the Federation reports.

Bluesign designation

“Perhaps the strongest statement in regard to the environment and sustainable practices is the importance of bluesign where Taiwan is the undeniable global leader in the adoption and expansion of this important designation,” says the company.

Bluesign designation is a commitment that encompasses an ongoing process and promise to manufacture and develop the most sustainable directional products and practices possible. Leading brands like Patagonia insist on bluesign certified mills for future development and participation as a core member of their supply chain. 

“Taiwan takes the lead in this important direction. The trend for bluesign certification continues to grow, and Taiwanese textile companies are prepared to help facilitate the needs for those companies who take bluesign certification important to business and companies global citizenship footprint.”


Fashion, as part of function and eco-friendly textiles, is an important factor in Taiwan’s textile development. Fashion is taking on new meanings as smart textiles and wearable tech products flood our lifestyle.

The proximity and close ties of the Taiwan technical products industry helps lead the way. Ranging from smart metallic yarns, heat sensitive colour phase finishes to heating and cooling textiles, the new innovations have helped develop new ideas of fashion and the potential seems limitless. 

Fashion in apparel and yoga inspired sportswear is evident as this market is expanding. New yarn developments allowing multiple looks and textures are driving innovation. Soft, crisp, vibrant or mellow, inspired market looks and touches are there. Mixtures of new technologies and fashion allow new design elements that were hard to imagine in the past.

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