Turkey also famous with textile sector in the world. Turkish cotton with experience on textile gets to Turkish factories world’s most important raw material suppliers. Turkish traditional textiles are Buldan fabrics (town of Denizli city) and fabrics with silk (Bursa city). Thats why most of the textile factories are established in these cities. Also Istanbul has many textil factories because of its location. According to Social Security Institution statistics, there are more than 52,000 textile and clothing companies in Turkey with more than 918,000 employees.
Turkey is one of the main actors in the world clothing industry. Turkey ranks 8th in world cotton production and 4th in world cotton consumption. Turkey also ranks 3rd in organic cotton production after India and Syria. The Turkish clothing industry with a share of 3,4% is the 7th largest supplier in the world, and the 3rd largest supplier to the EU. It has a share of 4% in knitted clothing exports and it ranks 5th among the exporting countries. With a share of 2,8%, Turkey ranks 9th among the woven clothing exporters in the world. The Turkish textile industry, which is listed in the world’s top ten exporters, is the 2nd largest supplier to the EU.
In more than 30 years from 1980 to 2013, the production and export of the industry shifted from low value added commodities to high value added manufactured items and fashionable goods. With its qualified and educated human resources, design capacity, accumulation of know-how, investment in technology, dynamic and flexible production capacity, advanced sub industry in clothing sector, concern about quality, health and environment; the Turkish textile and clothing industry has a significant role in world trade with the capability to meet high standards, and can compete in international markets in terms of high quality and a wide range of products.
İstanbul is proud of its designers, fashion and shopping centers where it has kept its unique Occidental-Oriental, old-meets-new, and East-meets-West characteristics. Istanbul is becoming a leading fashion and shopping center due to both foreign and local investments recently. The world’s largest shopping centers are opening in Istanbul. Many tourists have added Istanbul to their itinerary for shopping. As a global sourcing hub for both Asia and Europe, Istanbul attracts a number of international buying offices, trading houses, major retailers and department stores. Istanbul Fashion Week is organized twice a year to gain recognition for Turkish designers and brands in national and international tribunes where they present their latest collections. Since Istanbul is becoming a fashion and shopping center, most of the companies have shifted their production facilities to the inner provinces. Izmir, Bursa, Ankara, Denizli, Gaziantep, Kayseri, Tekirdag, Adiyaman, Kahramanmaras and Adana are now major cities for textile and clothing production.
Turkish textile sector mixes fashion of europe and middle east, traditionals and moderns, ethnic motifs and universal motifs. On the other hand Turkish textile factories can procuce high quality textiles good prices with their highest tecnology machines. Because of these reasons many famous Spanish desiners buy and use Turkish textiles by Attalia Trade.