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Ch 6: The Textile Industry

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Use the lessons in this chapter to learn about the textile industry. These lessons can improve grades or job performance. They can be used as a succinct study guide, for professional development, or simply to enhance your knowledge of this field.

The Textile Industry - Chapter Summary

Though textiles have long been an economic staple in all cultures, the industrialization of this trade has had a profound influence on textile production. These lessons explain the changes and growth in the modern textile industry and discuss trends, issues and safety concerns related to textile production.

At the end of each lesson, you can test your knowledge with the interactive quizzes. Track your progress through your Dashboard as you make your way through this chapter. The course is available on any Internet-connected device, at any time. With the help of this chapter, you will be able to:

  • Describe what the textile industry is
  • Relate key processes used in textile production
  • Share technological advances in the textile industry
  • Identify machines, automation, and inventions used for textile production
  • Describe the textile manufacturing process
  • Detail advantages of the modern textile industry
  • Outline recent problems, changes, trends, and growth in the industry
  • Discuss chemicals, dyes and enzymes used in textile manufacturing
  • Examine sustainability concerns and waste management plans

36 Lessons in Chapter 6: The Textile Industry
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What is the Textile Industry?

1. What is the Textile Industry?

We all have our favorite article of clothing, but have you ever wondered where that piece of clothing began? In this lesson we'll learn all about the textile industry, which creates things like our clothing and many other items we love.

Textile Industry Process

2. Textile Industry Process

The processes involved in the textile industry are complex, covering every step from fiber to finished product. In this lesson, you'll learn more about the various components of preparing textiles for the marketplace.

Textile Industry: Types of Machines

3. Textile Industry: Types of Machines

Because so many things we need and use daily is made from fabric, it is not surprising that there are many machines responsible for creating all of those products. In this lesson, we will learn all about the textile industry and the machines that take a raw material and end with a finished product.

Automation in the Textile Industry

4. Automation in the Textile Industry

In this lesson, the term automation will be defined. We'll look at how it has improved the textile industry along with its advantages and disadvantages.

Textile Industry: Significance & Advantages

5. Textile Industry: Significance & Advantages

The textile industry is a global market that affects every country in the world. In this lesson, we'll discuss the significance and some of the economic and human advantages of the textile industry.

Textile Industry: Changes & Problems

6. Textile Industry: Changes & Problems

The lesson will discuss some of the changes and problems that have occurred in the textile industry throughout history. Specific topics that we'll explore include the automation, globalization, outsourcing, wages, and working conditions.

Textile Industry Trends & Growth

7. Textile Industry Trends & Growth

The textile industry has evolved greatly since the invention of the cotton gin in the 18th century. This lesson outlines the most recent textile trends around the globe and explores the growth of the industry.

Technological Advances in the Textile Industry

8. Technological Advances in the Textile Industry

Although the original machines created for the textile industry are still being used today, technological advances have added to this global industry. In this lesson, we will look at current and future forms of technology used to advance the textile industry.

Inventions in the Textile Industry

9. Inventions in the Textile Industry

Fabric is one of the most important things in our lives. Our clothes, bedding, and many other household items are made of it, but have you ever wondered how we created such a varied and vibrant textile industry? It took plenty of innovation.

Textile Industry & Safety

10. Textile Industry & Safety

The textile industry is known for having various safety and health issues. This lesson will cover these issues and the processes put in place to create a safer working environment.

Textile Industry: Waste Management & Pollution

11. Textile Industry: Waste Management & Pollution

The textile industry is known for its immense pollution and waste issues. This lesson discusses how the textile industry can manage these environmental concerns.

Textile Industry & Sustainability

12. Textile Industry & Sustainability

Sustainability practices can have environmental, social and economic impacts across the textiles industry. In this lesson, you'll learn more about the ways that manufacturers can converse, reduce costs and generate goodwill.

Application of Chemistry & Enzymes in the Textile Industry

13. Application of Chemistry & Enzymes in the Textile Industry

Did you know there's chemistry in your clothes? In this lesson, you'll learn more about how chemistry is applied in the textile industry and how enzymes are offering a safer approach to textile techniques.

Chemicals & Dyes Used in the Textile Industry

14. Chemicals & Dyes Used in the Textile Industry

The textile industry uses a variety of chemicals and dyes in the manufacturing of textiles. This lesson will cover the variety of chemicals and dyes and why they are used.

Textile Laws & Regulations

15. Textile Laws & Regulations

Have you ever wondered where the fabric in your shirt or pants came from, or who sewed your clothes? The people and operations involved in making your clothes are governed by laws that address things like safety and trade. In this lesson, learn about textile laws and regulations.

Wool Products Labeling Act: Definition & Main Requirement

16. Wool Products Labeling Act: Definition & Main Requirement

The textile industry has always been incredibly important in American society, but it wasn't always regulated. In this lesson, we'll look at the Wool Products Labeling Act and see how this changed the way that American textile manufacturers did business.

Textile Production & the Environment: Impact & Issues

17. Textile Production & the Environment: Impact & Issues

Do you always wear the latest fashions? Ever thought about how many people it takes to make the clothes you wear? In this lesson, explore how textile production impacts the environment and learn about issues related to it.

Textile Testing Terminology

18. Textile Testing Terminology

This lesson introduces twenty-five terms relevant to testing in the textile industry. These include fabric qualities, performance claims, sampling and testing, and finally, technical properties measured in testing.

Textile Industry Terminology

19. Textile Industry Terminology

The textile industry bears a rich terminology used by artists, designers, and producers to communicate about all aspects of creating textiles to be used in the home or for clothing. In this lesson, we will learn important terms from the industry.

Textile Manufacturing Terminology

20. Textile Manufacturing Terminology

The textile manufacturing industry is complex and uses a variety of industry-specific terminology. In this lesson, we will learn some of this terminology so you can be better equipped to engage in the textile community.

Textile Weaving Terminology

21. Textile Weaving Terminology

Have you ever tried to weave something? Ever heard of the terms warp and weft? Do you know what a selvage is? In this lesson, learn some terms used in the process of weaving textiles.

Textile Printing Terminology

22. Textile Printing Terminology

Textile printing is a vast industry requiring knowledge of specialized jargon. Whether you're studying textiles in school or just curious about the process, this lesson will teach you ten major terms from the textile printing industry.

Textile Design Terminology

23. Textile Design Terminology

This lesson introduces the basic terminology for textile design, spanning start to finish in the production process. Terms are separated into categories such as material, components, process, weaves, and finishes to aid retention.

What Are Home Textiles?

24. What Are Home Textiles?

There are many kinds of textiles, each with their own design needs. In this lesson, we'll check out home textiles and see what defines their functional and aesthetic designs.

Care Labels for Textiles: Definition & the Industrial Revolution

25. Care Labels for Textiles: Definition & the Industrial Revolution

Ever wonder what those little symbols mean on your clothing tags? These tell whoever's washing your clothes how they should be washed, whether in hot water, cold water, or even no water at all. But why are these labels even there?

Advantages of CAD/CAM in Textiles

26. Advantages of CAD/CAM in Textiles

We all like to wear clothes. But how are they designed and made? Did you know the process involves technology? In this lesson, explore the advantages of CAD and CAM in textiles.

How is CAD & CAM Used in Textiles?

27. How is CAD & CAM Used in Textiles?

How are colorful textile patterns designed? Did you know computers are involved? In this lesson, explore how CAD and CAM technologies are used in designing and making textiles.

How to Do a Task Analysis in Textiles

28. How to Do a Task Analysis in Textiles

Have you ever thought about all that goes into creating a textile? In this lesson, we'll see how a task analysis can help you organize and plan out this process.

Textiles Task Analysis: Definition & Examples

29. Textiles Task Analysis: Definition & Examples

Have you ever wanted to make something but didn't know how to begin? Task analysis might help. In this lesson, learn what a textile task analysis is and explore examples of how the process works.

Textiles Task Analysis in Education

30. Textiles Task Analysis in Education

Have you ever wanted to design clothing? What skills do you need to be successful in the clothing design industry? In this lesson, explore a process called textile task analysis and learn how it's used in education.

Importance of Textiles in Interior Design

31. Importance of Textiles in Interior Design

Do you have a favorite room in your house? Does it have carpet or curtains? Textiles have a big impact on a space. In this lesson, explore the importance of textiles in interior design.

Raw Materials Used in the Textile Industry

32. Raw Materials Used in the Textile Industry

What are you wearing today? Do you know what it's made of and whether it's natural or man-made? In this lesson, we explore a variety of raw materials used in the textile industry.

Textile Dyes: History, Toxicity & Pollution

33. Textile Dyes: History, Toxicity & Pollution

Do you like colorful clothing? Do you know how textiles get their color? In this lesson, explore the history of textile dyes. Learn how some can be harmful to people and the environment.

Textile Floor Covering Standards

34. Textile Floor Covering Standards

Do you enjoy the feel of a plush carpet on your toes? How do you know it's made of acceptable materials? Is it safe in your home and will it withstand wear? In this lesson, learn about textile floor covering standards.

ISO Textile Testing Standards

35. ISO Textile Testing Standards

Textiles are all around us. But how do we know we're getting what we think we're buying? The textile industry sets standards to help ensure quality. In this lesson, learn about ISO textile testing standards.

What is Textile Testing? - Methods & Importance

36. What is Textile Testing? - Methods & Importance

Have you ever had a favorite shirt fade in the wash? How do we know our clothes are safe to wear? In this lesson, explore methods of textile testing and learn why they're important.

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