100 years of textile history

On Sept. 12, 1912, fourteen manufacturers of canvas and awnings met at the Brown Palace Hotel in Denver and formed the National Tent and Awning Association.

The manufacturers established the trade association to set standard weights and prices for canvas products, actions that would be considered illegal today. They also sought to form a unified voice to counter the price-setting strategies of their suppliers—the cotton mills.

Since that first gathering, the association has expanded in scope and purpose to become the largest textile trade association in the world. Today, the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) ranks in the top ten percent of all U.S. trade associations in terms of size of membership, operating budget and professional size.

In the following pages, originally published in Specialty Fabrics Review, we touch on a few moments in IFAI’s 100-year history—events, efforts and innovations that have helped shape the industry. It’s been quite a ride—and IFAI and its members continue to be on the forefront of advancing the industry, day by day.

  • Built on core markets

    Built on core markets

    November 1, 2012

    While IFAI and its members lead the way in establishing new revenue streams, the industry itself has been built on a few core markets.

  • Defense and the textile industry

    Defense and the textile industry

    November 1, 2012

    Solutions to the United States’ defense needs have provided opportunities for manufacturing and innovation that have driven the  industry.

  • The great textile get-together

    The great textile get-together

    November 1, 2012

    Conventions, trade shows, conferences or expos—no matter what you call them, they’re an opportunity to connect with industry players.

  • IFAI goes to Washington

    IFAI goes to Washington

    November 1, 2012

    Trade associations have always had a powerful impact on legislation, which translates to the bottom line for textile manufacturers and suppliers.

  • The fabric frontier

    The fabric frontier

    November 1, 2012

    One small step for textiles, one giant leap for the textile industry.