Keighley company leads campaign to promote flourishing textile industry in Yorkshire. (From Keighley News)
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Keighley company leads campaign to promote flourishing textile industry in Yorkshire.
A Keighley company is spearheading a new campaign to promote the flourishing textile industry in Yorkshire.
Abbotsford – a contract furnishing and interiors manufacturer – is heavily involved in the Wool Yorkshire campaign launched this week.
Staff member, Jennifer Nickson, is leading the initiative, and has been working with Leeds College of Art students to bring the message to life.
Wool Yorkshire – part of national Wool Week, which runs until Sunday – aims to highlight one of the county’s biggest export success stories.
Jennifer said: “The Wool York-shire campaign aims not only to raise the profile of wool as a sustainable, natural fibre, but also to showcase Yorkshire’s textile industry as thriving and design-led, manufacturing for the top end of a multi-billion pound global fashion and interiors market.”
Abbotsford is part of SIL Holdings, a Bradford-based family textile business that is now one of the largest speciality fibre manufacturers and merchants in the world.
Jennifer, along with SIL Luxury Fabrics colleague, Sara Duxbury, has worked with 20 fashion, millinery, furniture design, textile and creative students to create a week-long exhibition at the Victoria Quarter in Leeds.
The exhibition, which illustrates Yorkshire’s role in the world of fashion, style and interiors, is accompanied by a window display in the Harvey Nichols store.
SIL group managing director, Andrew Seal, said cloth produced by the group’s Yorkshire businesses was exported to 23 different countries, with the main markets being the Middle East, Far East, Italy and France.
He added: “Our region’s mill towns are at the heart of a global fashion business, which recognises the value of craftsmanship, quality, expertise and consistency – all things that derive from our textile manufacturing heritage.
“Yorkshire’s continued success in this cut-throat world is down to an ability to consistently produce innovative designs, and to reliably exceed our clients’ quality and delivery requirements.”