Nigerian textile unveils plan to revive


Textile manufacturing is a key local industry in Nigeria, supported by a chain of suppliers such as natural dye makers and cotton growers However, traditional methods of dyeing fabrics are threatened by cheap imports from abroad. Nigerians have a love of naturally dyed fabrics with many prints based on traditional motifs. 

 It is common for cloth to be a single color, such as indigo in northern regions. Dyers use dye-pits (two or three meters deep). The cloth is left in these for a day or two, before being rinsed and left to dry. Sometimes, indigo cloth is beaten and given an extra coating of indigo powder to give a deeper shade and a glossy sheen or shine. 

At one time, Nigeria's textile industry used to be the third largest in Africa. On importing clothing materials the country spends about 100 billion naira annually. The drain of foreign exchange could be stopped if half of this could be made locally. Buying home made goods can stimulate the domestic economy. Jobs could be created.

When the country discovered oil leadership failed to sustain the manufacturing and textile industries A return to agriculture and manufacturing could enable Nigeria come out of recession. Nigeria could be not just an investment destination but a job destination ,once industries are back.

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