Whenever you put on a shirt or a pair of jeans, do you even stop and wonder where it may have come from?
What gives the material its value (why are some clothes more expensive than others)? Or do you ever ask yourself how the piece of clothing you wear everyday was made?
We may not know all about clothing manufacturers but there is so much to appreciate in the industry. For instance: did you know that in about 300 BC, cotton was used to make organic fabrics?
It is for this reason that this piece looks at different ways to care for our clothes, with the idea of embracing the remarkable clothing industry. We also take a general look at the manufacturing process of clothes.
Before wearing or using your clothes, make sure you read their tags. They will give you clear instructions on how to care for the material.
Some materials like wool are soft and can become damaged easily. Instead of pilling them all into your washing machine, pick them out from the rest and give them a gentle hand wash.
You may not know this but the sun is another culprit for color loss in clothes, especially dark colors such as black or navy blue. Hang dark colored clothes in a shaded area instead of under direct sunlight.
Before ironing, always make sure you adjust the heat according to material specifications. Material such as Nylon can easily become ruined by a hot iron.
It is generally advised through clothing websites that people should avoid using a dryer at all times. But if you have to, make sure you don’t put your delicate clothes in there (bras under wear, and soft material clothes).
Manufacturing Process (how clothes are made)
Orders and Specifications
The manufacturer receives orders from the client. These are shop owners and corporations that bring the clothes to the people on ground level.
Another thing that they receive is the specifications on the clothes. The specifications explain how the client wants the clothes made: measurement, prints/images, fabrics, etc.
Materials and Suppliers
As an individual, finding the right material for the right piece of clothing can be tiring work. But large manufacturing companies have many connections accumulated over the years.
They have suppliers of material that are able to deliver different fabrics to them on regular basis. So, it is much simpler for them to choose materials that match the specifications of the client.
Before doing anything with the material, it undergoes some basic checks. In some instances, it will be washed
and dried before it enters the first manufacturing stage.
The processes may differ from one company to the other. However, in most establishments the material moves through different stages.
Example: one group of workers are responsible for attaching the arms of a sweater. The other group have to iron the finished product when it gets to them.
That is just about it. At the end of the line the clothes get quality checks and are ready for distribution. The next time you put on a piece of clothing remember to take great care of it, a lot of effort went into making it.