The COVID-19 halted the global economy in 2020, and the textile industry was grossly affected too. The Asian continent has been the epicenter of global textile products for decades now, and that status was threatened by the restrictions and prolonged lockdowns in these countries. Not just for the manufacturers, the demand also decreased drastically on the international scene. It was much expected, though, since people’s demand has shifted from what they want to wear to how they want to get better, in all, the producers are bound to be affected. 

According to the International Labour Organization (ILO) data, the international textile business experienced a complete collapse in the first half of 2020. It was exemplified when the major textile producing countries, e.g., United States, Japan,  and Europe, had a major fall by 70%. The textile industry also suffered a severe decline in raw materials, e.g., Cotton and others. 

But it is a good thing normalcy is slowly returning to the industry, but with a slight change in dominance. Before the pandemic,  the textile industry has grown to become one of the most progressive industries in terms of growth. Countries like China, India, the United States, and most European countries have been on the loggerhead on who will dominate the industry, but from the look of things, China is not slowing down in its quest to conquer its competitors. While China is the biggest producer of textile products, the United States leads in raw material exportation and leads in terms of garments and textile importation. Other countries that made up the European Union textile giants are Portugal, Germany, Spain, France, and Italy.

India has taken the position as the third-largest textile producer globally and is responsible for over 6% of global textile production. Today, those leading countries in textile production are gradually shifting from traditional textile production to manufacturing more quality products, thus, their rapid augmentation in their machinery. Today, these textile industries are seriously upgrading their machines to more modern installations that can produce high-quality textile products in a given time. These changes are not only helping these companies make better products; they even earn more revenues than before.

The Increase in Demand for Natural Fibers

Natural Fibers are very much different from the traditional textile as we know it: it is relatively lighter but stronger than the traditional textile. Unlike the textile produced with Cotton, natural fibers have both plants and animal skin as the main raw materials. Other known raw materials include hemp, jute, cotton, silk, cashmere, linen, and wool. Natural fibers are widely used in manufacturing construction materials and garments and are even used in the automobile industry to manufacture some interior parts of the car. The countries with the highest production of natural fibers are India, the United States, and China. 


Even as the world has started working again, and all the industries are back in motion, we expect a rapid change in the quality of products. Furthermore, you will be expecting a whole new change in sportswear production as seen on; till then, keep making the world a better place.