Natural fabrics such as cotton, silk and wool are obtained from natural resources like plants, animals and minerals. These are convertible into nonwoven fabrics such as felt, paper or into woven cloth. The usefulness of a fibre is determined by properties such as length, strength, pliability, elasticity, abrasion resistance & others. The fabric is produced in accord with specific country-level or international organic agricultural standards, integrating ecological processes, maintaining local biodiversity, and avoiding the use of toxic synthetic pesticides and fertilizers. According to Discover Natural Fibres Initiative (DNFI), world natural fibre production in 2018 is estimated at 32 million metric tons. Cotton accounted for 81% of natural fibre production followed by Jute (7%). The top cotton producers are India, China, and the United States.
- Rising Demand from Textile Brands and Retailers
- Increasing Consumer Awareness about Favorable Substitutes to Synthetics
- Along With Technical and Cost Advantages, Natural Fabrics Have the Added Attraction of Meeting Growing Consumer Awareness
- Government Standards & Regulations for Maintaining Product Quality
The key Manufacturers profiled in the report are Anandi Enterprises (India), Hemp Fabric Lab (India), Natural Fiber Producers (United States), Banjaras Natural Fabrics of India (India), Broadwoven Fabric Mills (United States), Vrijesh Natural Fibre (India), T T Limited (India), Barnhardt Natural Fibers (United States), Advanced Environment Recycling Technologies, Inc. (United States) and The Natural Fiber Company (United Kingdom). Additionally, other players that are part of this comprehensive study are UPM Biocomposites (Finland).