If you're tired of being a bottom level employee and want to get out and see the world, you might consider coming to Nigeria to see what you can do for its economy. Textiles is one of Nigeria's popular industries, but how will you know if that industry is right for you? We'll help you figure it out by defining what textiles means in an industrial capacity and outlining the sorts of employment and business prospects that arise from textiles activities.
Textile is another word for cloth, which is defined as a flexible material that is made up of many strands of natural or artificial fibers such as thread or yarn. The strands that make up a textile can be put together in a variety of different ways depending on whether they're going to cover the windows of buildings or be worn on a body. Most textiles are made of woven strands but some are assembled by needlework, knotting, or even pressing strands tightly together.
Textiles are often referred to as cloth or fabric and are the building blocks for end user products such as clothing, bags, curtains, furniture, tapestries, tablecloths, napkins, baskets, towels, carpets, tents, flags, nets, toys, canvas, and even parachutes. Producing these products from textiles is the work of various types of artisans such as tailors and dressmakers. Designer, Shaye Collezioni uses many colorful fabrics from textile companies for her kids clothing design line. Visit her website to see some great outfits! Some products may also be mass produced in a factory with large quantities of raw textiles.
Textiles themselves are also manufactured. First their individual strands must be spun together from animal products such as sheep's wool or silk, plant fibers like cotton or hemp, synthetics made from petroleum, such as polyester or nylon, or even minerals like asbestos. There are not many hobby sources of strands from people working at home in their St. Lawrence Market condos. Instead, they are produced by spinning machines. These strands are then processed, sometimes by machines and sometimes by artisans, into textiles like felt, velvet, cotton, canvas, spandex, and carbon fiber.
The journey of a textile from fiber to product is a long one with plenty of room for you to insert yourself into the process. You can begin the process of finding a niche for yourself by learning to weave or sew at home. Then you could make a living as an artisan selling custom fabrics or textile products. Textiles can be improved by dying, screen printing, or embroidery, which are also artisan skills. Alternatively, you could raise plant or animal crops for the textile market, invest in a factory that produces textiles or textile products, or try to get a job at an existing operation such as a textiles factory or a dressmaker's shop.