Programme Committee Textiles & Design


  • To build the network of people working in textiles, clothing and related art areas in Home Economics.
  • To facilitate exchange of ideas and information between textiles, clothing and related art experts on an international level concerning education and training, research, consumer issues.
  • To work on a guidelines for consumers in using textiles to ensure environmental (ecological, social and economic) sustainability, with particular reference to consumption behaviour and to resource management.
  • Consideration microfinance for textile production by a group of women.
  • Guidelines for entrepreneurial start-ups in small business, organising community recycling of textile products, or suggestions for more efficient production of textile fibers (plants and animals).
  • Create a database through IFHE to make expertise in small business more widely available.
  • To promote the area of textiles as a method of income generation for families, especially women, in developing countries. Production of natural fibres continues to sustain many indigenous communities worldwide; the UN declared 2009 to be the "International Year of the Natural Fibre".
  • Presentation of Best Practices papers at Congresses and Council Meetings, as well as information sessions on new and ecologically beneficial fibres, fabrics, construction techniques, sustainability, and green consumption and marketing, this committee will enhance the knowledge of IFHE Members regarding the field of Textiles, Craft, and Design for personal as well as professional uses.
  • Organisation of a juried exhibit of Art Textiles at Congresses will showcase new approaches to traditional textile stitchery and needlework processes. The selected pieces will demonstrate creativity, be visually pleasing, and provoke discussion among viewers.

Overview and Objectives

The IFHE Programme Committee Textiles & Design will focus on developing a Plan of Work for the coming quadrennium (2012 - 2016), based upon the United Nations' Millennium Goals #3, "Promote Gender Equality and Empower Women", and #7, "Ensure Environmental Sustainability", with particular reference to Consumption Behaviour and to Resource Management. The Committee is fortunate to have members from each of the five IFHE Regions. This geographical diversity will contribute to member input from a wide variety of backgrounds, in many social, ethnic, and political strata.

Plan for the next four years (2012 - 2016)
Possible topics for Committee consideration might include, but certainly not be limited to, Microfinance for textile production by a group of women, Guidelines for Beginning a Small Business, Organising community recycling of textile products, or suggestions for more efficient production of textile fibers (plants and animals). Committee members may already be involved in some of these activities; the Committee could create a database through IFHE to make this expertise more widely available.

All Committee Members are encouraged to participate in person or by e-mail.

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