What are the Different Types of Textile Manufacturers?

Tess C. Taylor
Tess C. Taylor
A finished textile.
A finished textile.

There are a wide range of textile and fabric manufacturers in the world that produce a variety of materials to be used in consumer and commercial goods. These textile manufacturers use natural, mineral, and synthetic materials to meet the demands of the apparel and garment industry, home and office furnishings retailers, textile vendor suppliers, and commercial products manufacturers.

A closeup of satin cloth.
A closeup of satin cloth.

The most commonly thought of textile manufacturers are those found in the garment and clothing industry. Due to the high demands of apparel consumers around the globe, textile manufacturers must produce abundant choices in fabrics made from plant, mineral, and animal sources. In addition, textile manufacturers use many synthetic materials to produce cheap, durable, and high quality textiles for use in clothing, accessories, and shoes.

Silk, a type of textile.
Silk, a type of textile.

Manufacturers also supply home and office furnishing textiles companies that produce home and office décor, furniture, and outdoor entertaining goods. Textiles produced here can range from thin window coverings to fabrics and rugs used in living and office areas, and canvas coverings for outdoor venues. Many of the products made by home and office textiles manufacturers can serve dual purposes and be used in many settings from personal homes to office buildings and local establishments.

Polyester fabric.
Polyester fabric.

There are also textiles manufacturers and textile vendors in the commercial and consumer goods industry that design, manufacture, and sell textiles for use in transportation and other commercial industries. Think of the many textiles used in automobiles, trucks, planes, trains, boats, and even the aerospace industry, for example. Water- and wind-resistant canvas, ropes, synthetic leathers, and other textiles are common materials produced for commercial use.

Sateen fabric.
Sateen fabric.

When considering all the textile manufacturers that exist, it’s interesting to note that where and what textiles are produced are often dictated by the types of raw materials that are readily available. For example, many natural fabrics such as silk, cotton, cashmere, and wool are manufactured in close proximity to the places where these products are grown or raised. The textile industry continues to expand to include cheaper synthetic materials, which helps keep up with the demands for durable fabrics and materials. As long as the consumer and commercial market requires natural textiles, however, there will be textile manufacturers to handle this production.

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    • A finished textile.
      A finished textile.
    • A closeup of satin cloth.
      A closeup of satin cloth.
    • Silk, a type of textile.
      Silk, a type of textile.
    • Polyester fabric.
      Polyester fabric.
    • Sateen fabric.
      Sateen fabric.
    • A folded square of linen.
      A folded square of linen.
    • Silk is often woven near where the silkworms are raised.
      Silk is often woven near where the silkworms are raised.