History

  • A red carpet is rolled out for distinguished visitors; at the time the colour red was regarded as very expensive, emphasizing the importance of the guest.

    12. cent. 
  • The oldest surviving example of a textile wall covering in Switzerland is the "Sitten Tapestry".

    14. cent.
  • Protestant refugees (Huguenots) from Holland and France brought textile and dyeing expertise to Basel which was to become the centre for ribbon manufacturing.

    16. cent.
  • In Basel, Emanuel Hoffmann introduced the first multiple ribbon loom whose mechanical principles remained in use until the 20th century.

    1667
  • The English weaver James Hargreaves invented his legendary “Spinning Jenny” incorporating eight spindles all driven simultaneously.

    1764
  • Joseph Marie Jacquard invented his loom which enabled patterns to be woven. 1815
  • Introduction of steam-powered machinery. 
    1837
  • Charles Frederick Worth inaugurated the first Haute Couture fashion house in Paris.

    1858
  • The invention of the riri zipper opened a new sales outlet, but the impact of the economic crisis caused painful losses to the industry.

    1924
  • Market launch of fly-briefs.

    1934
  • Discovery by Roy Plunkett from the USA of Teflon, known today as an ultra-thin “Gore-Tex” film.

    1938
  • Merger of the Zurich and Wattwil schools to form the Swiss Textile College. 1973
  • The AG Cilander finishing company becomes the first in the world to qualify for the Oeko-Tex 1000 Environmental Certificate.

    1997
  • In the early 1990s, a comprehensive Federation of the Swiss Textile Industry was finally formed and joined in 1998 by the Swiss garments industry. This was the start of Swiss Textile Federation which today serves all branches of the textile and garments industry.  

    1998
  • Development of “smart clothes” with the ability to protect, warn, inform, recall, heal and think along.

    2000
  • The newly developed SwissCotton rainbow yarns enable patterns to be incorporated into the grey fabric and dyed with the desired colour depth in the finished piece.

    2007