Switzerland’s textiles and clothing industry is a multifaceted and innovative competence centre that has global reach and in recent years has evolved into an internationally functioning hub.

The industry specialises in the development, production and marketing of high-quality, innovative, textile-based products that fulfil today’s demanding requirements and reflect the spirit of our times. Digitised sales strategies and automated, networked production processes accelerate product ranges and communication with the trade, while enhancing transparency for clients. A wealth of unique ideas and high-quality, distinctive products are the foundation of Switzerland’s internationally successful textiles business. Intelligent, interdisciplinary cooperation is powering the industry towards a bright financial future on a global scale

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Swiss businesses in the textiles industry operate at the interface between creativity and technology – this is unique and offers a broad scope of potential.

St.Gallen embroidery and first-class fabrics for both haute couture and ready-to-wear fashion collections have long been pillars of Switzerland’s textiles industry and still underscore the positive image it enjoys today throughout the world. These products meet the highest demands in terms of quality, design and exclusivity, and are featured on the fashion show runways of all the most innovative designer labels in Milan, Paris, London and New York. Swiss textiles are leaders in the fields of underwear, sportswear and workwear, perfectly combining intelligent functionality, maximum comfort and aesthetic design. Swiss clothing manufacturers are versatile drivers of innovation in their market segment and are committed to sustainable production.

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Nature as role model: Mover Sportswear now uses natural materials such as alpaca wool and EtaProof fabric from Stotz&Co., a breathable fabric that is both wind resistant and waterproof.

Nature as role model: Mover Sportswear now uses natural materials such as alpaca wool and EtaProof fabric from Stotz&Co., a breathable fabric that is both wind resistant and waterproof.

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Pippa Middleton’s wedding dress was created by British designer Giles Deacon, using exclusive embroidery from Forster Rohner AG.

Pippa Middleton’s wedding dress was created by British designer Giles Deacon, using exclusive embroidery from Forster Rohner AG.

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For the visor and top from from her SLEEK collection, designer Yvonne Reichmuth from Zurich used finest quality Italian leather in combination with high-quality tulle from swisstulle AG.

For the visor and top from from her SLEEK collection, designer Yvonne Reichmuth from Zurich used finest quality Italian leather in combination with high-quality tulle from swisstulle AG.

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Electrically heated fabric by Schoeller Textil AG: the heating technology is integrated with the fabric in a diamond-shaped geometrical pattern. It is based on conductive yarn, making it possible for the material to be evenly heated at standard voltages.

Electrically heated fabric by Schoeller Textil AG: the heating technology is integrated with the fabric in a diamond-shaped geometrical pattern. It is based on conductive yarn, making it possible for the material to be evenly heated at standard voltages.

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Maximum comfort and attention to detail: the Calida 2018 spring collection for men and women.

Maximum comfort and attention to detail: the Calida 2018 spring collection for men and women.

Renowned Swiss textiles companies have developed items such as bed and table linen, textiles for the kitchen and bathroom, upholstery materials for furniture and carpeting into products of international repute. Hundreds of years of experience combined with the very highest quality standards, ground-breaking technology and leading-edge aesthetics have enabled these companies to successfully set new benchmarks in the industry.

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Silent curtains from Création Baumann AG create visual and acoustic zones enabling people to work in peace in shared office space.

Silent curtains from Création Baumann AG create visual and acoustic zones enabling people to work in peace in shared office space.

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e-broidery® illuminated textiles by Forster Rohner AG: the integrated electronics enable dimming functions and animations. The LED textiles are washable and drapable.

e-broidery® illuminated textiles by Forster Rohner AG: the integrated electronics enable dimming functions and animations. The LED textiles are washable and drapable.

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The new Schlossberg collection, YU!, unites quality and lifestyle, design and the fascination of combination.

The new Schlossberg collection, YU!, unites quality and lifestyle, design and the fascination of combination.

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High-quality, Swiss made: the HITZEFREI bath towel from Christian Fischbacher AG conjures up feelings of summer.

High-quality, Swiss made: the HITZEFREI bath towel from Christian Fischbacher AG conjures up feelings of summer.

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Lawn carpet from TISCA for customised design of exterior space.

Lawn carpet from TISCA for customised design of exterior space.

A pioneering spirit and outstanding know-how in the field of technical textiles are giving rise to the development of numerous products that are attracting attention throughout the world. These high-tech textile solutions are focused on the areas of healthcare, transport, vehicle and aircraft construction, building and architecture, and safety. The companies do their research, development and production on their premises in Switzerland. Many of them are among the best and most successful companies in the world in their particular area.

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Embroidered LED from Forster Rohner AG, produced for foldable spotlights made by Carpetlight GmbH.

Embroidered LED from Forster Rohner AG, produced for foldable spotlights made by Carpetlight GmbH.

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Natural fibre composites for vehicle body components from Bcomp AG.

Natural fibre composites for vehicle body components from Bcomp AG.

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Luminous textile sensors for measuring heart frequency and/or blood circulation through the skin, developed by Empa, the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Testing and Research – the Federal Institute of Technology’s research centre.

Luminous textile sensors for measuring heart frequency and/or blood circulation through the skin, developed by Empa, the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Testing and Research – the Federal Institute of Technology’s research centre.

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Kinetic facade for sun protection from Sefar AG.

Kinetic facade for sun protection from Sefar AG.

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Textile braided products for use as implants, from Meister & Cie AG.

Textile braided products for use as implants, from Meister & Cie AG.

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Textile fuel tank for safety and weight reduction in Formula 1 cars from Cortex Hümbelin AG.

Textile fuel tank for safety and weight reduction in Formula 1 cars from Cortex Hümbelin AG.

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Textiles that make aircraft lighter: seat covers from Lantal Textiles AG.

Textiles that make aircraft lighter: seat covers from Lantal Textiles AG.

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