DOST to boost textile technology, programs

MANILA -- As part of the Philippine Tropical Fabrics (PTF) Month this January, the Department of Science and Technology - Philippine Textile Research Institute (DOST-PTRI) announced Friday it has lined up several activities and programs to further boost the country's textile industry.

The DOST-PTRI, which would celebrate its 51st anniversary this year, said the celebration would carry the theme, "Concept to Cloth".

"This theme centers on giving opportunity to the government, academe and private sector to translate ideas into materials, processes or solutions leading to more prospects and impact in the textile sector," it said.

On January 30, the DOST-PTRI will launch a technology business incubator facility for producing powdered natural dyes. The agency said that this facility would provide technical support to micro, small, medium enterprises (MSMEs) to help them enhance their businesses.

It also targets to launch a design competition for government uniforms. The contest aims to produce design prototypes that could be used by select government agencies.

A workshop for designers and entrepreneurs was also scheduled on January 30. Through this workshop, attendees would learn to make draw patterns for handloom weaving.

Meanwhile, for this year, the DOST-PTRI also plans to launch the first textile research and development (R&D) laboratory to assist designers and manufacturers in prototyping their products or designs. The agency said it would acquire state-of-the-art equipment for this laboratory.

Also this year, artists can look forward to the "ArtisTELA", a design competition that will highlight creative innovations in textiles.

The public may get the chance to visit the DOST-PTRI in Bicutan, Taguig City on January 30 for them to have an overview of the research and technical services of the agency. An "open house" was scheduled on January 30, DOST-PTRI said.

It was in 2012 when President Benigno Aquino III signed Proclamation 313, declaring January as PTF Month. The Proclamation aims to promote the use of indigenous fibers such as pina, abaca and Philippine silk.

Source: Philippine News Agency