The Asian Couture Federation, a private not-for-profit initiative loosely based on the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture, has announced the formation of the MENA (Middle East North Africa) Couture Council with the aim of supporting couture talent in that region.
Asia – Fashion Associations
Directory Fashion Associations, Federations, Councils, Organizations
In alphabetical order
The ASEAN Federation of Textile Industries (AFTEX) is a grouping of textile and garment associations of the 10 ASEAN member countries. Since 1977, AFTEX members have met regularly to discuss policies and implement ASEAN-wide projects, with the objectives of:
– Advocating a common position on trade policies
– Promoting intra-ASEAN trade
– Promoting ASEAN textiles and apparel
Asia Fashion Federation (AFF)
On November 22, 2002 in Beijing, China, Japan and Korea agreed to establish Asia Fashion Federation (AFF) as the international cooperation among Asia country aimed at advancing the lifestyles and fashion of each country, promotion fashion businesses, and exporting fashion to European countries, under mutual trust and cooperation. AFF welcomed Singapore as the 4th member country on October 17, 2007. Subsequently, Thailand by Thai Garment Manufacturers Association (TGMA) became the member of AFF on April 7, 2008. In the year 2009 Vietnam is the latest country that joined AFF members.
Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia (GMAC)
While in many countries, the garment industry is just one of many industries, in cambodia it is the main industry.
On account of its importance, the GMAC works very closely with the government to facilitate efficient discharge of bureaucracy on one hand and co-operaties with the labour movement to ensure observation of basic labour standards on the other.
China Fashion Color Association
China Fashion Color Association, China Association for Science and Technology under the national associations affiliated to the China Textile Industry Association, was established in 1982, on behalf of China’s accession to the international color Committee in 1983. Association of positioning is the color of the cause of building a major force in the forefront of fashion guiding body, the subject of business of fashion, design, color. Services are related to textile, clothing, household, decorative, industrial products, automotive, construction and environmental colors, paints and the cosmetics industry.
Hong Kong Fashion Designers Association (HKFDA)
The Hong Kong Fashion Designers Association (HKFDA) was founded in 1984 by a group of successful and enthusiastic local fashion designers. As a non-profit making and self-financing organization, it aims to unite fashion designers, with both professionalism and expertise, to develop and better both their careers and the industry within and beyond the territory. With supports from the industry and fellow designers in the past 26 years, the Association has evolved to a key platform to share ideas and experiences through organizing fashion events such as catwalk shows, seminars, interviews and group.
Textile Council Of Hong Kong
Textile Council of Hong Kong comprises ten major textiles associations and is a non-profit making organization. It represents the entire Hong Kong textile industry whose business activities range from spinning, weaving, knitting, dyeing and finishing, garment making and the manufacture of textile goods.
Apparel Export Promotion Council (AEPC)
Incorporated in1978, AEPC is the official body of apparel exporters in India that provides invaluable assistance to Indian exporters as well as importers/international buyers who choose India as their preferred sourcing destination for garments.
Confederation of Indian Textile Industry (CITI)
Confederation of Indian Textile Industry (CITI), a Company under Section 25 of the Companies Act 1956 is the new name of Indian Cotton Mills’ Federation (ICMF). ICMF had been established in March 1958 and later incorporated as a company in February 1967. Originally, ICMF represented the organized textile units in spinning and composite sectors comprising mills producing cotton yarn, blended and man-made spun yarn, fabrics and home furnishings.
Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI)
A not for profit organization, Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI), is the apex body of fashion design in India, represented by over 350 members. Founded on the premise of promoting, nurturing and representing the best of fashion design talent in the country; its prime objective is to propagate the Business of Fashion.
Fashion Foundation of India
The Indian Fashion industry is expanding rapidly and there is a need to consolidate the industry with a common objective of actively promoting growth and development. The Fashion Foundation of India is founded with a purpose of capacity building for the Fashion Design and Manufacturing Industry. It is set up with the intent of bringing together leaders from across sectors to help grow the fashion and design industry in India as well as overseas.
Indian Handloom Clusters
The handloom sector is known for its heritage and the tradition of excellent craftsmanship. It provides livelihood to millions of weavers and craftsperson. The industry has not only survived but also grown over the decades due to its inherent strengths like flexibility of production in small quantities, openness to innovation, low level of capital investment and immense possibility of designing fabrics. Government of India has continued to accord priority to this sector. An imperative step has been taken by the office of Development Commissioner – Handlooms, Ministry of Textiles, Government of India, to promote and develop its exclusiveness for the global market.
India Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO)
India Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO) is the nodal agency of the Government of India for promoting the country’s external trade. ITPO, during its existence of nearly three decades, in the form of Trade Fair Authority of India and Trade Development Authority, has played a proactive role in catalysing trade, investment and technology transfer processes. Its promotional tools include organizing of fairs and exhibitions in India and abroad, Buyer-Seller Meets, Contact Promotion Programmes, Product Promotion Programmes, Promotion through Overseas Department Stores, Market Surveys and Information Dissemination.
Directorate General For National Export Development (DGNED)
DGNED is Indonesia’s window to the world for export development and has developed excellently in identifying new markets and opportunities overseas for producers which are capable of meeting the requirements of the markets. As a non-profit government agency, DGNED provides all of its services free of charge.
Japan Fashion Association (JFA)
Objective: To create a better life culture and to contribute to the development of life-style related industries overall.
Number of supporting members: 243 companies and organizations.
Malaysian Textile Manufacturers Association (MTMA)
MTMA is the recognised national representative body for the textile industry. It is financed entirely from members’ subscriptions, entrance fees and surpluses arising from specific activities. Membership is drawn from all sectors of the textile and apparel manufacturing, both large and small covering the fibre, spinning, weaving, knitting, garment-making, industrial textile/accessories sectors. The present membership represents a combined paid up capital equivalent to more than 80 percent of the total equity of the textile industry in the country.
All Pakistan Textile Mills Association (APTMA)
All Pakistan Textile Mills Association (APTMA) is the premier national trade association of the textile spinning, weaving, and composite mills representing the organized sector in Pakistan. APTMA emerges as the largest association of the country as it represents 396 textile mills out of which 315 are spinning, 44 weaving and 37 composite units. These spinning mills have production facilities of texturing, mercerizing and dyeing of yarns; weaving mills have sizeable number of air-jet looms, and the composite mills have manufacturing facilities from spinning to finished textile products under one roof. The total installed capacity of APTMA member mills accounts for 9,661,366 spindles, 61,608 rotors, 10,452 Shuttleless/Airjet Looms and 1897 conventional looms. The Association’s members produce spun and open-end yarn, grey, printed dyed fabrics and bed linen.
Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FPCCI)
Presently FPCCI has a membership of 138 Trade Bodies enfolding 44 Chambers, (including 8 Womens’ Chambers) and 94 Associations of Trade, Industry and Services from all over the country. Two members from each of the member bodies form the General Body of FPCCI.
Karachi Cotton Association (KCA)
Incorporated in 1933, this Association is the recognized Cotton Association for the whole of Pakistan. All sections of the trade are represented on the Board of Directors. Maintains a code of fair and equitable trading practices in the form of rules, regulations and bye-laws. Maintains a suitable set of standards for classification of Cotton and provides for just settlement of disputes. It handles matters affecting the general interests of the cotton trading community. It offers the buyers and sellers opportunities to obtain useful information regarding the ruling cotton prices and current market conditions throughout the world.
Leather Products Development Institute (LPDI)
Leather Products Development Institute is committed to excellence and exploring creativity in Leather Garments Designing. The core aspect of the Institute is to ensure that every individual leaves with full understanding of theoretical and practical aspects of the fashion designing applied in the leather industry. Leather and leather products are the second largest foreign exchange earning source of Pakistan. To adopt modern techniques for the production of leather and leather made ups according International demands, Leather Products Development Institute came into being on 12th March 2001.
Pakistan Cotton Fashion Apparel Manufacture exporters Association (PCFA)
Pakistan Cotton Fashion Apparel Manufacture exporters Association (PCFA) is a prominent Licensed Trade Body. It is the largest export earning sector representing highly dynamic and value added industry in leather and leather products besides being job oriented sector. The industry employs about 200,000 people directly, producing fine quality finished Cotton Fashion Apparel for export as well as for home consumption. It contributes the overall export earnings of the country and is considered to be the most significant factor which plays viable role in revamping economic spectrum of the country.
Pakistan Cotton Ginners Association (PCGA)
Pakistan Cotton Ginners’ Association is a representative body, which takes care the interest of the ginners and coordinates their problems with the Federal and Provincial Government Agencies to resolve them.
Pakistan Fashion Design Council (PFDC)
PFDC was established in September 2006 with an initial membership of 30 designers, and now comprises more than 50 designers from all over Pakistan. The Council consists of 22 board members – of these, six are corporate members and the rest are designers. Mr. Avais Mazhar is Chairperson of PFDC, while the Chairperson of the Executive Committee is Mrs. Sehyr Saigol & CEO Mr Saad Ali.
In line with its ideology, PFDC endeavors to accord corporate status to the business of fashion, and to provide a platform for young and mainstream designers. Another important aim of the council is to institutionalize the fashion industry in order to create and maintain industry standards in conformity with global market standards. Developing a culture of professionalism within the fashion industry will go a long way towards benefitting the nation’s economy.
Very importantly, the PFDC is also involved in the revival of the crafts sector in collaboration with AikHunarAik Nagar (AHAN). This is significant as 90 % of the embroideries of the subcontinent have their origins in Pakistan.
The council offers two annual scholarships to aspiring and deserving Pakistan Institute of Fashion Design (PIFD) students.
Pakistan Hosiery Manufacturers Association (PHMA)
Pakistan Hosiery Manufacturers Association is the premier trade organization representing the hosiery and knitwear industry accelerating and providing growth in all sectors of the economy, generating immense employment and promoting national self reliance.
Pakistan Tanners Association (PTA)
PTA is functioning as a renowned trade body duly licenced by the Ministry of Commerce under Trade Organizations Ordinance/Rules 2007, registered with the Security & Exchange Commission of Pakistan and a bonafide member of the Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce & Industry. It is the 2nd largest export earning sector representing highly dynamic and value added industry in leather and leather products besides being job oriented sector. The industry employs about 500,000 people directly, producing fine quality finished leather for export as well as for home consumption. It contributes 5% of GDP and 5.4% to the overall export earnings of the country and is considered to be the most significant sector which plays viable role in revamping economic spectrum of the country.
Pakistan Textile Exporters Association (PTEA)
Pakistan Textile Exporters Association (PTEA) is the premier Textile Exporting Association of Home Textiles, Made-Ups and Fabrics in Pakistan. Members of the Association are earning USD 4 Billion Foreign Exchange annually through export of textiles.
Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP)
The Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP), which was established on November 8, 2006, under a Presidential Ordinance, shall have Ministry of Commerce as its administrative ministry. TDAP is the successor organization to the Export Promotion Bureau (EPB) and is mandated to have a holistic view of global trade development rather than only the ‘export promotion’ perspective of its predecessor. Designated as the premier trade organization of the country, TDAP shall be a dedicated, effective, and an empowered organization, which shall be professionally managed.
Textile & Fashion Federation (TaFf)
The Textile and Fashion Federation (TaFf) is a non-profit organisation governed by an Executive Committee made up of influential businessmen and practitioners in the industry. It was formed through a coalition of the textile and garment associations in 1981. It organises trade shows, competitions and industry initiatives to propel local fashion businesses overseas. Since its inception, Singapore’s textile and apparel industry has been transformed from a manufacturing base to a regional fashion, marketing and sourcing hub. TaFf has groomed numerous young design talents and companies, and assisted them with global expansion.
TaFf is a member of the Asia Fashion Federation (AFF) as well as the ASEAN Federation of Textiles Industries (AFTEX).
Korea Fashion Association (KFA)
Korea Fashion Association (KFA) is a special body corporate established in 1985 under the Ministry of Knowledge Economy With the purpose to advance the Korean fashion industry.
Taiwan Knitting Industry Association (TKIA)
Taiwan Knitting Industry Association known as TKIA was founded in 1949. As of Nov. 2009, TKIA owns over 183 corporate and associate members including knitting mills, fabric dealers and garment factories.
Taiwan Silk and Filament Weaving Association (TSFA)
TSFA provides search for silk and filament weaving products and manufacturers in Taiwan.
Taiwan Textile Federation (TTF)
The Taiwan Textile Federation (TTF) was founded on November 25, 1975 in response to a move by the European Economic Community (EEC) to impose import quotas on textile manufacturing countries. These quotas were to be negotiated individually through diplomatic channels. However, Taiwan did not have formal diplomatic relations with the EEC, so TTF was formed with the guidance and financial support from the government and textile manufacturers to represent Taiwan textile industry to negotiate with the EEC.
Taiwan Textile Research Institute (TTRI)
Create Taiwan Textile Research Institute (TTRI) as the integrator of technologyand leadership of industry.
Offer variety textile business with customized service the multi-integrated and transform service.
Thai Garment Manufacturers Association (TGMA)
For nearly forty years now, the Thai Garment Manufacturers Association (TGMA) has dedicated their efforts to making sure Thailand’s textile and garment industry runs smoothly and efficiently.
Vietnam Textile and Apparel Association (VITAS)
Vietnam Textile and Apparel Association (VITAS) is a non governmental association working in the field of manufacturing, exporting, trading and service ..which are belonged to the textile and garment industrial economy for the whole country. Since the date of establishment in 1999 until now, VITAS has so far attracted more than 1,000 members including official members and associated members in 12 sub-branches nationwide.