In the fabric business, there are two main distinctions between types of fabric. The first and most familiar are the textiles. Textiles, which have been produced for centuries on an industrial level, are made from artificial or natural fibers and are formed into fabric via weaving, knotting, knitting or crocheting. Nonwovens are also formed from artificial or natural fibers, but rather than being woven or knitted, they are pressed together by solvent, heat, mechanical or chemical treatment. Both textiles and nonwoven fabrics play an important role for consumers, manufacturers and businesses.
Consumers are most familiar with nonwovens in the form of single-use applications, as well as reusable applications. Diapers, wet wipes, medical garments, filters (oil and fuel, coffee, HEPA) and packaging are just a few of the items that we encounter on a daily basis that are made from nonwoven fabric.
Textile fabric, on the other hand, are most prevalent in clothing, but they are also used for upholstery, carpets, rugs, ropes, towels, bags and luggage. Textile fabrics tend to be more durable and resilient and are designed to withstand repeated washings.
Textiles and nonwovens are important to business managers and professionals, whether you work directly in the textile industry or incorporate textiles and nonwovens in your day-to-day production. The resources that we’ve included in our Textiles and Nonwovens Directory are designed to serve any interest in fabrics. Here, you’ll find a wide range of categories that befit topics related to fabrics, from the production and distribution of textiles and nonwovens to the use and sale of fabrics. Take time to browse through our listings to find what you’re looking for.