By Estrella Z. Gallardo
The Department of Science and Technology – Philippine Textile Research Institute (DOST-PTRI) presented its TELA VISION 2020, Towards AmBisyon Natin 2040 at Citadines Bay City Manila, Pasay City, 5th Floor, Bay City Ballroom on January 30, 2020.
It also held the silk Philippine Summit 2020 focusing on Textile Research, Development and Innovations call for Collaboration conducted by Dr. Julius L. Leaño , Jr., Chief Research and Development Division, DOST-PTRI.
DOST-PTRI Director Celia B. Elumba welcomed guests and participants to the event expressing gratitude for sharing their time coming to the said occasion, despite their busy schedules.
She talked about the textile science and technology roadmap perspectives, where it is going from where it is today.
The textile industry in the country had been popular many years back in the country most especially the production of fabrics from abaca, which due to some infestations suffered by the crop, its market was adversely affected, particularly its export market.
This affected the abaca industry which in term affected the abaca growers. To address the predicament various researchers had been conducted to bring back its healthy production condition, paving its way to a favorable commercial status of the industry.
Nowadays, our textile industry does not only cover abaca. It also uses banana fibers and pineapple fibers.
On display in the exhibits during the DOST TELA VISION 2020 on January 30 at Citadines, Pasay City Ballroom were dresses, bridal gown and others made from the weaved abaca, pineapple and banana fiber mixtures which offer a more distinct quality of the garments produced from them.
With the on-going development and progress in Philippine textile making, more wonderful things are to happen come 2040. (ezg/PPCI)