Project 1- The Life Cycle of Textiles and Materials.

Stages of textile product life cycle.

1. Agriculture/raw fibre production- growing the products that you want and need for use.


‘The science or practice of farming, including cultivation of the soil for the growing of crops and the rearing of animals to provide food, wool, and other products.’– accessed 12th June 2017.


‘(of a material or substance) in its natural state; unprocessed.’ 12th June 2017.


‘A thread or filament from which a vegetable tissue, mineral substance, or textile is formed.’

‘The growing of the product and the creation of what it is you want to grow and want to make.’– accessed 12th June 2017.


‘The action of making or manufacturing from components or raw materials, or the process of being so manufactured.’– accessed 12th June 2017.

shearing-9 12th June 2017.

2. Ginning- collecting the product?


‘to clear (cotton) of seeds with a gin.’ 12th June 2017.

‘A machine for separating the fibres of cotton from the seeds.’ 12th June 2017.

‘A cotton gin is a machine that quickly and easily separates cotton fibres from their seeds, allowing for much greater productivity than manual cotton separation. The fibres are then processed into various cotton goods such as linens, while any undamaged cotton is used largely for textiles like clothing. Seeds may be used to grow more cotton or to produce cottonseed oil.’– accessed 12th June 2017.

Well, I didn’t know that.

memphis_cotton_ginning_time_tif 12th June 2017.

3. Spinning- spinning the material into a thread? spinning cotton on a bobbin?


‘The action or process of spinning; the conversion of fibres into yarn.’ 12th June 2017.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA–   -accessed 12th June 2017.

4. Weaving- weaving a pattern into a piece of fabric, cloth. Weaving a rug, a tapestry?


‘(fabric or a fabric item) by interlacing long threads passing in one direction with others at a right angle to them.’ 12th June 2017.

maz_weaving 013_lg 12th June 2017.

5. Processing- dying fabrics, making it into an item, a shirt, dress?

‘A systematic series of mechanised or chemical operations that are performed in order to produce something.’ 12th June 2017.

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6. Stitching- sewing on buttons, sewing together, all various parts of a finished item need to be stitched.

‘A row of stitches sewn on to cloth., The action or work of stitching or sewing.’ 12th June 2017.

blue-stitch 12th June 2017.

7. Distribution/retail- being taken to shops and buyers, put on sale in shops, in big quantities.


‘The action of sharing something out among a number of recipients’ 12th June 2017.


‘The sale of goods to the public in relatively small quantities for use or consumption rather than for resale.’ 12th June 2017.

authorization-for-Distribution-1 12th June 2017.

8. Use/consumption and end of life- item is used, sat on, worn, walked on, maybe fixed over time and parts replaced. Once it is of no use it is either put in the bin-landfill or recycled- made into something else or used as a cloth round the house depending on what it is.


‘The action of using up a resource.’ 12th June 2017.


‘Take or consume (an amount) from a limited supply.’ 12th June 2017.

End of Life-

‘Spend the final part of one’s life in a specified place or state’

In this case it’s a product.’s_days_(or_life)-accessed 12th June 2017.

landfill-1-537x402 12th June 2017.



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