Indian FMCG Patanjali to take on foreign clothing brands
Retail



After its Ayurvedic offerings found widespread acceptance in the Indian household, the homegrown FMCG major Patanjali has taken on established multinational FMCG brands and now hopes to overtake foreign textile makers. It plans to produce everything from an underwear to ethnic and sportswear apparels soon and intends to break the stronghold of foreign manufacturers.

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A Textile Loom that doubles as a musical Instrument!
Textile



Musician Chris Powell in Philadelphia engineered a wooden textile loom that doubles as a musical instrument. It made it's first public performance recently at the Moore College of Art and Design. These synthesized melodies aren't coming from a keyboard but they're controlled by foot pedals on a loom, rigged to assign different musical values or drum samples to the patterns being weaved.

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How this Textile Designer fits a studio & warehouse in 550sqft
Corporate



For most New Yorkers, 550 square feet would be a fairly comfortable one-bedroom apartment, but for textile designer Christian Rathbone it's that, plus his studio and warehouse. For the past 15 years, Christian has been working with native dyers and weavers in Turkey, who help bring his organic Kilim designs to life, using traditional vegetation dyes and hand-spun wool. Check out his story

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World Apparel Federation opens office in Pakistan
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PRGMEA, Dutch textile association will ink MoU to promote apparel industry. The International Apparel Federation has opened its first office at PRGMEA House in Sialkot where Pakistan Readymade Garments Manufacturers & Exporters Association will also ink a MoU with The Dutch National Fashion & Textile Association Netherlands (MODINT).

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Indian Govt notifies new duty drawback rates
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The government on Friday came out with modified duty drawback rates for exporters, evoking a sharp reaction from the apparel industry. The new all industry rates of duty drawback, the refund of duties on imported inputs for export items, will come into effect from 1 October. The new refund rates for garments will come down to 2% as compared to the 7.7% drawback available till now.

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