National Textiles Day
Textiles are the materials that are made from processing, knitting, or weaving different materials together. Textiles are used to make the clothes on our backs, the bedding or blankets that cover our furniture, rugs, drapes, and other products. But that’s a very simplistic view of textiles and their place in society.
All throughout history, textiles have played a major role in the development and advancement of civilization. But that’s beyond the scope of this holiday article. Instead of rehashing history, we’ll just talk about how National Textiles Day is a holiday that celebrates textiles in all of their forms and is celebrated on the 3rd of May.
The History Of National Textiles Day
National Textiles Day was founded in 2016 by Valley Forge Fabrics-a company that makes fabricated bedding, window treatments, and textiles for a variety of other products. Although this holiday was to raise the profile of textiles in the public’s mind, it still has grown into a holiday that many people celebrate every year all over the world.
Some Interesting Facts About Textiles
We don’t think that you can celebrate National Textiles Day without knowing a few things about textiles, so we decided to research and list some interesting facts about these materials.
- The oldest known natural textile fabric is flax. It’s been made for over 7,000-years.
- For hundreds of years, China has been the largest manufacturer and exporter of silk.
- The first man-made fiber was Rayon and it was created in 1910.
- Rayon was called “artificial silk” when it was first introduced to the public.
- Microfiber was invented over two decades ago in Japan.
- Microfiber is 100-times finer than a human hair.
- Nylon is another man-made fiber that was produced for the first time in 1938.
- Linen becomes stronger when it’s wet than it does while it’s dry.
Observing National Textiles Day
Thinking about how textiles affect our daily lives is one way to celebrate this holiday. Another way to celebrate is to learn more about textiles and how they’re responsible for funding the Mughal Empire, or even the Renaissance. Another way to celebrate this holiday is by spreading the word about it on social media using the hashtag #NationalTextilesDay.