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Hermin Textile Museum opens its doors for visitors to experience production process

YarnsandFibers News Bureau 2015-03-05 11:00:00 – Taipei

Hermin Textile Museum founded by decades-old HerMin Textile Co., LTD, which is known for its advanced fabric dying and technical know-how opens its doors for visitors who will be able to experience it first hand as it will show the complete process behind producing a piece of textile used in clothing. The museum is recognized as an excellent tourism factory by the government.

Hermin Textile Museum is situated beside a factory of HerMin opened in 2014 as part of the Ministry of Economic Affairs' Tourism Factory Project to cultivate a service-oriented manufacturing industry in Taiwan.

HerMin Textile provides textiles to many name brands such as Tommy Hilfiger, Burberry, Coach, Levis, Zara, J. Crew, Banana Republic, Gap and more. The company's factory, which has cut energy use by 20 percent, has been awarded with the Ministry of the Interior's “green factory” diamond class certification.

HerMin Textile uses natural fibers such as cotton, linen, silk and wool in its production. Natural materials make comfortable clothes, but more importantly, they contribute to a more ecological production process.

They are very different from artificial fibers such as rayon, polyester and nylon, which do not quickly decompose.

The company specializes in making woven plaid fabrics. It places a great deal of emphasis on cultivating a strong research and development capability. That is, by mixing colors and threads in different ways, the company churns out textiles of various designs that its customers can utilize.

One of them is Coach Inc., which sources textiles made of cotton from HerMin. With proper care, products made of cotton fibers can last for as long as 10 years, said Textile Museum Director Kris Yen. Products made of artificial fibers, on the other hand, usually last for only three years.

Given the unique features of natural fibers, HerMin focuses on making quality “classical” products. As artificial fibers become more and more common in the textile industry, natural materials have become more costly. It is not an easy path, but HerMin believes preserving the environment is more important.

Entrance to the Hermin Textile Museum is free for visitors who will have the opportunity to experience different kinds of cotton used in clothing. In addition, there are DIY classes on making handkerchiefs, T-shirts, pillows and more.

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