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Textiles that Changed Fashion Forever: Home

These textiles revolutionized American fashion forever.



Textiles have had a profound impact on the world in a multitude of ways – from the global economy to the practical and aesthetic properties that shape our everyday lives. 

The clothes that we choose to wear on a daily basis are ane extension of our personality and personal desire to belong, stand out, or blend in. 


The Industrial Revolution


The Beginning

The textile industry significantly grew during the Industrial Revolution. The demand for cloth grew, so merchants had to compete with others for the supplies to make it. The first American textile factory was set in 1913 by Francis Cabot. In 1789, Samuel Slater memorized the secrets to textile manufacturing and brought them over to America to build the first water-powered cotton mill in America; being set up in Pawtucket, Rhode Island.

Spinning Jenny


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Human Advantages of Textiles: The Importance of Textiles in Daily Human Life

Because of clothing and protective gear, farmers can use fertilizers, herbicides, or pesticides to increase crop yields. They can also use equipment filters and protective coverings for planting, harvesting, and protecting their crops. Without all of these technical textiles, food production would be less reliable.

People also need clothes and blankets to stay warm. Without natural and synthetic fibers, shingles and other types of building materials could not be made, influencing the type of shelters built. To understand how textiles affect our day to day lives, it's important to realize the variety of textiles available.

Diversity Scholar Intern