TEXPRESSION '97, an international conference organised by the New Delhi-based National Institute of Fashion Technology in March 1997 at the Indian Institute of Technology-Delhi, brought the national priority of increasing textile exports and the related environmental bottlenecks and concerns face to face for the first time. Representatives from the textile industry, students, technologists and academicians discussed the rising environmental barriers to Indian textile exports in First World countries, the need to adapt our textile industry to these new challenges, and how to achieve that. For instance, the conference brought to light the environmental benefits of the eco-friendly fibre, lyocel, derived from wood pulp. Lyocel reportedly has high liquid absorbancy and tenacity, a pollution-free production process and is easily bio-degradable -- qualities which favour its use by our textile export sector in its crusade against environment-based trade barriers.
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