The important questions about yarns

Okay, let’s talk yarns. This is not about the history and the production methods of yarns although it could form a perfect intro. There are different questions about yarns of which you are not able to find the answers very easily. I’d like to start with those. Let’s say, the metaphorical elephant(s) in the room.

“From the moment we are born, we are wrapped in textile and from that moment on, we are always surrounded with it” – Why is there so little thought about it?

Are yarns the first you think about when producing textiles? I think, too often people switch too quickly between raw material (say: wool, cotton) and cloth (knitted, woven, other textiles). There is actually another step, a whole industry where the sky seems to be the limit. Quite overwhelming when you are just delving into the textile making process. 

Sustainability has come to play a major role all over the world. There is a lot of talk about green and about saving the world. There is a list of most polluting industries where the textiles industry is rated very high. How can this change? What can we do (ourselves)? There are also a lot of certification labels on the market but what do they mean?

Traditionally, the yarn industry has a closed, dusty and female image. There is such a need right now for a diversity of people with divergent areas of expertise. Engineers for mechanical improvements, biologists and chemists to innovate towards a greener future, IT specialists for software development and digitization, etc, etc.

The possibilities within the textile industry should be discussed in more educational disciplines. Textiles is a direction with a broad perspective. Let’s open the door to anyone interested in this craftsmanship. Encouraging innovative ideas, absorbing knowledge and passing it on again. 


In these articles, we take a closer look at the various topics and discuss more in-depth questions and issues about yarns and the textile industry. Are you reading along? Stay tuned!