Portugal's cotton textile industry is one of the oldest in Europe. Portuguese explorers brought back cotton from Brazil shortly after the discovery of America and created an interest in the new fibre.
The textile industry is generally concentrated in the north of Portugal in and around the cities of Porto, Braga, Guimarães and Famalicão. This concentration in the North occurred due to the availability of labour and a relatively abundant water supply. The earliest available statistics on the number of spindles in Portugal are from 1873 when they numbered 50,000.
In the centuries since the industry was established it has experienced a number of highs and lows but has always remained important to the Portuguese economy. In 2008 due to the global financial crisis the production of textile products in the country declined significantly and a number of companies closed their doors. However the looms of a small band of survivors continued working full tilt, exporting their way out of crisis through modernization, increased productivity, quality improvement and new designs.
The Portuguese textile industry of today is a mix of larger vertical or semi vertical companies that cover all areas of production from yarn spinning to the making up (sewing) of textiles and small to medium-sized enterprises who specialise in a specific area of textile production. All however are well known for their flexibility, quick response, expertise and innovation.
The Portuguese textile industry is one of the key industrial sectors for the country and provides employment to a large labour force. It counts for approximately 12% of export revenues and its main clients are Spain, France, Germany, UK and the USA.
At Capricho our suppliers have been chosen for their extensive knowledge and experience (each has more than 30 years in the industry), their commitment to quality, attention to detail and the speed and efficiency of their work. We hope you love their products as much we do!
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