Student Resources

Textile Development and Marketing Students are encouraged to keep on top of industry trends and news by visiting these websites related to textiles. (Topical links can be found in the navigation.)

FIT Library Textile Science Information

Cotton, Inc. Textile Dictionary

MD Travel Health

Universal Currency Converter

World Clock

Bloomberg: Riches from Rags

Global textile, apparel, and fashion news.

Emerging Textiles
Impressive coverage of key worldwide textile news.

Fibre2Fashion News
Update yourself with the latest news / events and current-affairs on textile and fashion industry by the hour.

Home Textiles Today
Current and easy to use source of home furnishings textile news.

Industrial Fabrics Industry News
Great industry news from Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI).
Current apparel and textile industry news from and Reuters.

Textile Media Services
Publishes three subscription-only monthly newsletters: Textiles Eastern Europe, Textiles South East Asia, and Central and Eastern Europe Textile Business Review.

Textile World News
News on the textile industry, compiled by Textile World.

Textiles Panamericanos News
News on the textile industry, compiled by Textiles Panamericanos.

Textile World Asia News
News on the textile industry, compiled by Textile World Asia.

Good news service original to the site and culled from other textile news sources.

Women's Wear Daily
WWD, the Retailers' Daily Newspaper, covers the retail apparel industry.

WWD Men's
The menswear section of WWD features headlines, articles, and photographs.

Topical Links


ACSA International Cotton Institute
A joint venture between the American Cotton Shippers Association and the University of Memphis. The eight-week residential program is designed to provide a basic education in all aspects of the cotton industry and the international business environment for men and women worldwide. From field to fabric, to manual classing and the use of HVI data, through risk management and the basics of price protection, the program offers an in-depth look at cotton from virtually every perspective.

Agrupacin Espaola de Desmotadores de Algodn (AEDA)
Agrupacin Espaola de Desmotadores de Algodn, es una asociacin privada, sin nimo de lucro que se constituy en 1998.
General news, industry news, and feature articles on cotton and other crops.

ALCOTEXA Alexandria Cotton Exporters' Association
Aims to develop cotton trade among exporters, importers, spinners and other bodies inside and outside of Egypt. ALCOTEXA manages the newly developed Egyptian Cotton Logo.

American Cotton Shippers Association
The ACSA was organized to provide a united voice for the cotton merchandising trade of the US. ACSA is comprised of Merchants, Primary Buyers and Mill Service Agents who are members of four Federated Associations.

Asociacin Industrial Textil de Proceso Algodonero (AITPA)
Con la industria textil algodonera se abre la historia de la industrializacin en Espaa, uno de los sectores ms dinmicos, gracias a la tenacidad y a la inquietud asociativa de los hombres que iniciaron su andadura en este sector.

Associao Brasileira da Indstria Txtil e de Confeco Brazilian Textile Association (ABIT)
The Brazilian Textile Association website is in Portuguese, with an English version available. There are many categories of information, with a distinct focus on news and events with a calendar of activities such as textiles fairs, awards and media appearances.

Australian Cotton Cooperative Research Centre (Cotton CRC)
A collaboration between government, industry, and research institutions to strengthen Australia's cotton industry. CSIRO is the largest partner. Their site includes research publications on the cotton industry.

ProCot Cotton Cooperative
A cooperative marketing cotton producers across the cotton belt. Cotton is sold directly to mills. In association with Weil Brothers Cotton.

Bolsa de Mercadorias & Futuros
This is the website for the Brazilian Mercantile Futures Exchange. Information is available in Portuguese, Spanish and English.

Bremen Cotton Exchange
German cotton exchange, with over 200 members. Information on the German cotton industry, cotton, and more. Primarily concerned with the trading of raw cotton.

Certified Cotton
Cotton from gins that participate in the Samuel Jackson Certification program is labeled with a special certification label an assurance that the gin is utilizing specific practices to insure they are addressing issues that are important to buyers such as moisture, fiber quality, and contamination.

Colly Cotton Marketing
All of the cotton world's updated numbers.

Cotton Australia
Cotton Australia's website is a bank of information on cotton in Australia. It has a section devoted to "Fashion and Lifestyle" focused on promoting cotton. Educational brochures can be downloaded from the site.

Cotton Council International (CCI) COTTON USA Program
The international division of the National Cotton Council of America. The COTTON USA program utilizes the COTTON USA Logo to market U.S. cotton around the world. Includes a searchable listing to find U.S. manufactured cotton product exporters and U.S. and overseas companies who produce products that are licensed to use the COTTON USA Mark.

Cotton Farming Magazine Cotton Farming Management Magazine
From Vance Publishing.

Cotton Grower/Cotton International
Leading information center for worldwide-specialized agriculture. Offers Cotton Grower Magazine and subscription services providing information on cotton markets and prices.

Cotton Incorporated
The marketing and research company of American Cotton Producers.

Cotton India
This site offers information about the Indian cotton industry. Ruhatiya Cotton & Metal Limited owns and operates the site.

Cotton on the Net home page
Home page for 'Cotton on the Net', a leading source of information for the cotton industry. It's all here.

Cotton Outlook
Cotton Outlook offers daily cotton market news and summaries. Cotton Outlook also offers services to track cotton prices and commodity trading.

Cotton Program AMS USDA
Cotton Program of the Agricultural Marketing Service, part of the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture). Information on classing of cotton, market news, promotion, research, international programs, and more.

Cotton's Calender
Meeting dates of cotton organizations, compiled by the National Cotton Council (NCC). Fairly comprehensive list of cotton-related events, some of them specifically for cotton, others of general interest to those in the textile or agricultural industries. Published quarterly (January, April, July, and October).

Cotton Egypt Association
The Cotton Egypt Association site has a wealth of information about the Egyptian Cotton Logo as well as about Egyptian cotton in general. You can apply for the right to use the logo from the web site.

Cotton South Africa (COTTON SA)
Cotton South Africa has a website with sections covering "Educational and Promotional", "The Cotton Mark", "Publications and Technical Information" and "Economic Information" that would be very interesting for the consumer.

French Cotton Association (AFCOT)
You will find here a presentation of AFCOT's activities, the list of members, extracts from the monthly newsletter and links related to cotton. AFCOT is a member of CICCA.

International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC)
An association of governments having an interest in the production, export, import, and consumption of cotton. The ICAC has consultative status with the U.N. and its specialized agencies and cooperates closely with other international organizations in matters of common interest.

International Cotton Association
The International Cotton Association is an internationally supported, non-profit making, non-trading organization exclusively concerned with raw cotton affairs.

Istanbul Tekstil ve Konfeksiyon Ihracatci Birlikleri Istanbul Textile & Apparel Exporter Unions (ITKIB)
The Istanbul Textile and Apparel Exporters Associations (ITKIB) is the leading textile industry association in Turkey, bringing together 28,000 manufacturers and exporters of textiles, apparel, carpets, leather, leather wear and ready-to-wear garments. ITKIB members account for 80 percent of Turkey's textile and apparel exports and 30 percent of the country's total exports reaching primary markets in Europe and in the United States.

Izba Bawelny w Gdyni Gdynia Cotton Association
The Gdynia Cotton Association website is presented in both English and Polish. There are many categories of information on it concerning the activities and services offered by the GCA.

Land of Cotton Online News Magazine
Good news source for the cotton industry. Produced by Geni Certain.

Mambo Commodities
A monthly report on cotton commodity trading.

Market News Reports Cotton Reports
Weekly cotton market review, cotton quality, cotton Prices. from the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service.

National Cotton Council of America
National Cotton Council of America Home Page Central organization of the U.S. cotton industry. Also hosts pages for Cotton Council International and the Cotton Foundation. Find out what's new and how to forecast prices for the coming year.

Natural Cotton Colours, Inc FoxfibreTM
Sally Fox, founder and president of Natural Cotton Colours, Inc., pioneered the first cotton grown in the shades of red, brown, and green through cross-breeding.

NYCE New York Cotton Exchange
From the New York Board of Trade (NYBOT).
Information Placed on the Web by the Center for Integrated Pest Management, North Carolina State University. Contains information about all facets of cotton production, not just pest management.

Southwestern Cotton Ginning Research Laboratory ARS USDA
Develops improved methods for ginning cotton and cleaning agricultural fibers and preparing them for conversion into yarns, webs, and fabrics in the irrigated west. Run by the Agricultural Research Service, part of the USDA.

Staplcotn Cooperative Association
The largest producer owned cotton cooperative in the United States. The mission of Staplcotn/Stapldiscount is to enhance its members' incomes by providing cost-effective marketing, warehousing, financing and other authorized services in a manner that fosters their trust and confidence in the cooperative and meets exemplary standards of business and personal conduct.

Supima Association of America
A promotional organization for American Pima cotton growers. Involved in promotion, research, policy, and licensing of the Supima trademark.

Sustainable Cotton Project (SCP)
Located on the northern end of the world's most productive agricultural region California's Central Valley the Sustainable Cotton Project (SCP) focuses on one of the most widely grown and chemical-intensive crops.

Texas International Cotton School
Join managers from around the world and interact with top cotton and textile experts at the next session of the Texas International Cotton School. Understand U.S. cotton production, processing and marketing systems see the latest machinery and equipment meet friendly Texans make valuable business contacts all in an intense two-week program.

Manufactured Textile Fibers

A Polyester Saga, Geography And All
Anarticle by John E. Luke, Technical Editor of Textile World, that puts the competition into perspective.

Global Production of Manufactured Fibers
Includes market share numbers by region, and by fiber type. The figures are courtesy of Fibersource.

One of the most important developments in recent years has been the technology to extrude extremely fine filaments (less than 1.0 denier) while maintaining all of the strength, uniformity and processing characteristics expected by textile manufacturers and consumers.

Polyester Manufacturer Directory
Basic information and contact info (including links) for a number of polyester manufacturers. From Apparel Search.

Trade Names for the Generic Manufactured Fibers
Contains some of the most widely-known generic manufactured fibers and their trade names.

Textile Design

Art History Resources on the Web
Links by geography and period to museums and galleries around the world.

ArtLex on Textiles
Some of the most important pieces there are.

Cairo Museum
As you can imagine, certainly one of my favorites. Click through the links.

The Computer Integrated Textile Design Association (CITDA) is the premier association committed to the use, management, and development of computer integrated design (CID) and computer integrated manufacturing (CIM) systems within the textile industry.

Computer Textile Design Group (CTDG)
The Computer Textile Design Group is an association of people who work with computers in embroidery, surface design, screen printing, knitting, lace-making and other textile activities.

Fashion Toolbox
Design software for apparel, textile and surface designers.

Folk Art and Craft Exchange
Focuses on folk art and crafts of the world.

G & S Dye
A catalog of designer supplies.

Heavens' Embroidered Cloths
One Thousand Years of Chinese Textiles.

Hermitage, St. Petersburg, Russia.
Don't even ask. Just get on a plane and go.

JacqCAD MASTER is a computer program for creating textile designs on Macintosh computers.

Lisa Peruchini Textile Design
Mostly novelties and engineered prints. Very prolific.

Los Angeles County Museum of Arts
Another knock-out collection.

Miltonia Textile Links
From the artist show. A little bit of everything.

Origin, Inc.
A full service design studio. Original concepts, colorings, repeats, etc.

Richard Rothstein & Co.
28 slides detailing how oriental rugs are made from Azerbaijani wool, including vegetable dyeing and weaving.

Symmetry and Pattern: The Art of Oriental Carpets.
Oriental Carpets have long been appreciated for their beauty. That beauty is achieved through the choice of colors and designs, as well as by the manipulation of designs and colors to form pleasing patterns.

Textile and Costume Museums
From the Google Directory, lists more than 50 textile and costume museums worldwide.

The Accademia Group
A group of design studios out of Italy. They represent over 100 designers from countries around the world.

The Koeltz Collection
The University of Michigan Museum of Anthropology possesses a large collection of textiles collected in the early 1930's by Dr. Walter Koelz.

The Metropolitan Museum Costume Institute.
The world-renowned Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum possesses more than 75,000 costumes and accessories from seven centuries and five continents.

The Northwest Quilters Home Page.
Quilts, quilts, quilts. Authentic design and designers.

The Textile Gallery
Here you will find a wealth of illustrative and written material on the textile arts, which we hope you will find both fascinating and informative.

Victoria and Albert Museum
The Victoria & Albert Museum in London is the world's largest museum of the decorative arts and is home to 145 galleries, including national collections of sculpture, furniture, fashion and photographs.

The Weaving Art Museum and Research Institute.
Covers historical as well as modern documents.

Textile consultants at Weaveplan are the UK's leading designers in the specialized fields of woven fabrics and printed textiles.

William Morris
Textiles and Textile Design by William Morris and Morris & Co.

World Museums
A huge list of museums and galleries.

Trademark Search

Australian Trade Mark On-line Trademark Search System

Base de donnes sur les marques de commerce canadiennes

Canada Trademark Search Database

European Community Trademark Search CTM-ONLINE

Japanese Trademark Search Database ( English )

Hungary English Database for Trademark Search

Hungary Hungarian Database Trademark Search

New Zealand Trademark Search

United Kingdom Trade Mark Registry Trademark Search

United States Trademark Office