Thailand to boost Islamic clothing industry

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Islamic clothing and fashion is a growing industry in Southeast Asia

Thailand, one of Southeast Asia’s garment manufacturing centers with about 4,000 textile factories, wants establish the nation as a hub for the Islamic clothing and fashion industry, according to the country’s Industrial Promotion Department.

The department wants small and medium-sized enterprises and other local manufacturers to work together and create an industry cluster for Islamic clothing, its director of the garment product development team, Banpot Tekacharin, was quoted by the Bangkok Post on June 25.

He added that forming such networks would support the producers in terms of design, market intelligence and knowledge of export markets, and indicated that investors from Muslim countries would be welcomed.

At present, most of the Islamic clothing makers are located in the south of Thailand with its large Muslim population. Muslim apparel and costume accessories made by villagers in the southern border provinces are one of the incentives that government-related agencies have been trying to push forward to compete in international markets so as to improve the quality of life of local residents.

The business generates revenues of around one billion baht per year in the provinces of Pattani, Yala, Narathiwat, Songkhla, and Satun, where the department has the goal of promoting and developing local craftsmanship, creating new design concepts and upgrading local skills and finally having a local brand for Thai-made Muslim costume.

80 per cent of the production is currently sent to Malaysia where branding and placing logos on the clothing takes place. The final value-added clothing is then exported to other Southeast Asian countries.

Tekacharin said his department will emphase this year on design and marketing and has joined hands with Srinakharinwirot University to provide technical assistance and training.

According to the Thailand Textile Institute, there are over 200 Muslim dressmaking groups in the country with more than 100,000 members in the five southern border provinces, including batik dressmakers, and those who make Kaffiyeh, or Arab headdresses for men, and hijabs, the head scarves for women.

The target market for Islamic clothing is huge. Not only that there are approximately six million Muslims living in Thailand and many more in neighbouring Malaysia and nearby Indonesia and Brunei, there are around 1.66 billion Muslims in the world. In Europe, Turkey and the UK with its sizeable Muslim population are currently the main markets for Southeast Asian Islamic clothing, and the United Arab Emirates in the Middle East.

 

 

 

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Islamic clothing and fashion is a growing industry in Southeast Asia

Thailand, one of Southeast Asia’s garment manufacturing centers with about 4,000 textile factories, wants establish the nation as a hub for the Islamic clothing and fashion industry, according to the country’s Industrial Promotion Department.

Reading Time: 2 minutes

Islamic-fashion
Islamic clothing and fashion is a growing industry in Southeast Asia

Thailand, one of Southeast Asia’s garment manufacturing centers with about 4,000 textile factories, wants establish the nation as a hub for the Islamic clothing and fashion industry, according to the country’s Industrial Promotion Department.

The department wants small and medium-sized enterprises and other local manufacturers to work together and create an industry cluster for Islamic clothing, its director of the garment product development team, Banpot Tekacharin, was quoted by the Bangkok Post on June 25.

He added that forming such networks would support the producers in terms of design, market intelligence and knowledge of export markets, and indicated that investors from Muslim countries would be welcomed.

At present, most of the Islamic clothing makers are located in the south of Thailand with its large Muslim population. Muslim apparel and costume accessories made by villagers in the southern border provinces are one of the incentives that government-related agencies have been trying to push forward to compete in international markets so as to improve the quality of life of local residents.

The business generates revenues of around one billion baht per year in the provinces of Pattani, Yala, Narathiwat, Songkhla, and Satun, where the department has the goal of promoting and developing local craftsmanship, creating new design concepts and upgrading local skills and finally having a local brand for Thai-made Muslim costume.

80 per cent of the production is currently sent to Malaysia where branding and placing logos on the clothing takes place. The final value-added clothing is then exported to other Southeast Asian countries.

Tekacharin said his department will emphase this year on design and marketing and has joined hands with Srinakharinwirot University to provide technical assistance and training.

According to the Thailand Textile Institute, there are over 200 Muslim dressmaking groups in the country with more than 100,000 members in the five southern border provinces, including batik dressmakers, and those who make Kaffiyeh, or Arab headdresses for men, and hijabs, the head scarves for women.

The target market for Islamic clothing is huge. Not only that there are approximately six million Muslims living in Thailand and many more in neighbouring Malaysia and nearby Indonesia and Brunei, there are around 1.66 billion Muslims in the world. In Europe, Turkey and the UK with its sizeable Muslim population are currently the main markets for Southeast Asian Islamic clothing, and the United Arab Emirates in the Middle East.

 

 

 

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