The Textile Institute is the world’s largest body of professionals belonging to the textile, clothing and footwear industries. It was established in 1910 at Manchester in UK and a Royal Charter was granted in 1925 recognising the body as a registered charity. A century of successful institutional existence was celebrated by the Textile Institute in 2010.
The mission of the Textile Institute is to promote professionalism in all areas associated with its represented industries. The aim is to facilitate learning, to recognise achievement, to reward excellence and to disseminate information.
Its individual and corporate members are spread through 82 countries.
The Institute is run democratically by and for its members all over the world by its Council and representatives from Sections and Special Interest Groups (SIGs)
Sections are local and national offices around the world, run by the institute’s members who provide a programme of local activities across a range of professional interests.
SIGs provide a focus for members in different sectors of textile related industries world-wide to be engaged in focussed and specific subject interests.
Textile Institute has 2000 individual members and 50 corporate members worldwide.
Biennially, the Institute conducts the world textile conference in various countries providing an academic opportunity to its members as well as to non-members to share knowledge in the interest of the industry’s growth and development. It is a matter of great pride that the 63rd Annual Conference of the Textile Institute was held 18-23 January 1979 in Delhi at the Qutab Hotel under the leadership of Dr Bharat Ram, Chairman DCM and the organisational support of the Department of Textile Technology, IIT Delhi, then headed by Prof D S Verma. The conference, organised in collaboration with the Textile Association of India was on the theme “COTTON IN A COMPETITIVE WORLD” attracted global participation.
Later, in the year 1999, the 79th biennial World Conference of the Textile Institute was hosted by Dr D Jayavarthanvelu, Chairman of Indian National Organisation and CMD of Laxmi Machine Works at Coimbatore. On this occasion the theme was WINNING STRATEGIES FOR THE NEWMILLENIUM.