The history of textile production in Turkey goes back to the Ottoman period. In the 16th and 17th centuries,the textile production was widespread and at an advanced level.
History of Textile Industry in Turkey
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Having rapidly developed in the 20th century, a great textile production capacity was created in Turkey between the years 1923-1962.The period between 1980 and 1989 was witness to opening to foreign markets. The industry has also large scale companies having integrated production facilities. There are nearly 7.500 textile manufacturers producing for the textile export of Turkey.
The production facilities mainly concentrated in Istanbul, Izmir, Denizli, Kahramanmaraş and Gaziantep. The textile industry in Denizli grew rapidly in 1980s and 1990s making itself a place in the domestic market and for export. Towels and bathrobes and other home textiles are products associated with Denizli in particular emphasis.
Cotton textile products such as cotton, fiber, yarn and woven fabrics constitute about 24% of total textile exports. The main export items are synthetics yarns from monofilaments, cotton woven fabrics, knitted fabrics, synthetic filament yarns, woven fabrics ,woven pile fabrics like velvet.
Many pattern design competitions that make important contributions to development of fabric design in Turkey are organized by different institutions leading to emergence of young designers and creation of product diversity.
The textile industry is developing day by day and increasing its exports by the availability of raw materials, relatively low labor costs, closeness to Europe, the custom Union agreement with the European Union. Turkey takes part in many famous international fairs in textile sector, international textile fair were organized within Turkey and Turkey's potentials shown successfully over the world.