World famous textiles
Huddersfield’s international reputation and prosperity grew from the flourishing textile industry during the 18th and 19th centuries.
While many of the original mills are long gone or have enjoyed sympathetic redevelopment for office, living and retail space, the textile industry still thrives in this region.
High tech, sustainable practices have allowed the area's companies to lead the world in new, textile innovations.
Fabric manufacturer Camira has received national recognition for the development of Sting Plus, an environmental fabric made from fibre extracted from the common stinging nettle. CJ Antich meanwhile, has pioneered the cost effective manufacture of individual weave corporate suits, allowing bespoke wording to be woven into cloth.
Bower Roebuck & Co, part of Scabal Group, are skilled weavers, who still work on an apprenticeship scheme and boast true craftsmen. The Group has supplied cloth for suits worn by US Presidents including Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, George W Bush; A-list celebrities such as Tom Cruise and Pierce Brosnan; and for Hollywood films including Titanic, The Aviator and Daniel Craig’s James Bond.
To maintain and expand the region’s reputation in the world of textiles, a Textile Centre of Excellence has been established in Huddersfield. A major conferencing, research and training facility, the Textile Centre of Excellence is dedicated to supporting the industry through research, innovation and training.
It provides a wide range of 'state of the art' textile, clothing and production facilities, high quality training across a range of sectors, and award winning multi-media meeting and conferencing facilities. It also has a Design Incubator, offering fashion & textile business support designed to help the region’s brightest fashion & textile designers start their own business.
For details of sector specific support in our area, please click here.
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