Handpainted barong textile by Cebu Chester Enterprise, Inc.
Cebu Garments Industry
Cebu garments industry
Cebu produces the best garment products in the Central Philippines. This central island’s textile and clothing industry is booming just like the other businesses in this province’s corners.
The development and explosion of this business industry in Cebu is due to the talented, artistic and devout entrepreneurs who venture into this sector.
Both domestic and foreign business people and investors pour out their utmost to produce the best of their products to satisfy and serve their customers and buyers here and abroad.
Now, there is over hundreds of Cebu garments industries and companies that produce quality, high standard and world-class textiles that are being sold domestically and internationally.
To learn a little more about how Cebu textile industry is like many years back, it is worth looking back Cebu’s history and other Visayan Island’s people who produce such clothing products.
Satins by Chester Enterprise
Back then, the earlier Visayan textiles were made from hemp materials. This is from abaca plant—a banana specie but the one that does not produce an edible fruit but only a strong fiber.
The fiber from abaca is stronger than that of the banana’s, but it is not soft. Still, nowadays, you can observe producers and people using abaca ropes and other related products, such as the cool hats and native style weavings for interiors and décor products.
Other interesting traditional fibers being used earlier are the sinamay, pina (pineapple) and jusi fibers. These were the iconic Visayan fibers being used as popular and usual source for textiles back then.
Certainly, most Filipinos would know that sinamay, pina, and jusi fibers were (or are still) being used to make traditional garments such as the barong tagalog and terno.
These fibers were world-renowned that they were being exported to many Asian countries, to Europe and America especially during the Spanish period.
Some Filipinos or historians should know that up until the 1900s, Iloilo (in Negros Province just across Cebu Province) was considered the ‘textile capital of the Philippines’ during the Spanish period.
However, the intricacy and tedious effort needed to produce such textiles were both its advantages and disadvantages. When the Manchester cotton arrived in the country in the 1900s, this traditional native textile industry began to decline.
Not only the cotton is cheaper but also easier to produce and has softer texture when compared to the more durable but time-consuming traditional textiles to produce.
As you have already seen above, the cheaper and more competitive cotton textiles caused the decline in the production of traditional textile products.
Nowadays, however, you can still find a few specialized cottage industries especially in Argao, Cebu. These smaller producers produce and sell fabrics including ‘hablon’, wool type cloth called ‘kinarnero’ and other limited specialized products.
If you are interested, you can sometimes see some of them on special events (e.g. Gabii sa Kabilin) or places such as in Casa Gorordo Museum.
Now, it is time to move on and let’s check out Cebu garments products being produced by various companies established in Cebu area.
Cebu textile/garment products
If you are discerning on establishing a place to produce garments, clothing and textile products, you should know that Cebu is a tested and successful place to produce them, and that your raw materials could be coming domestically or from outside the country.
Here are some products that the present industries in Cebu are producing and selling domestically and internationally…
Warp Knitting Fabric, Blackout Fabric, Satin Fabric, Single Jersey, Printed Fabric, Polyester Fabric, Curtain Fabric, Nylon, Organza, Upholstery Fabric, Tricot, Warp Knitting Fabric, Silk Fabrics, Blanket, Chiffon Fabric, Embroidery, Peach Skin, Coral Fleece, Woven Fabric, Suede Fabric, Single Jersey, Velour, French Terry, Polyester Taffeta, Knitted Fabrics, Taffeta, Curtain Fabric, Flock, Flocking Fabric, Woven Fabric, Quilting Fabric, Swimwear Fabric, Polyester Pongee, Nylon, Micro Suede, Garments, Silk Fabrics, Stretch Fabric, Polyester, Velour, Micro Fiber, Swimwear Fabric, Polyester Fabric, Fabrics
Cebu garments/clothing/textile industry
Cebu clothing and textile industries do not only product ready-to-make products but also ready to wear clothes.
In fact, many companies in Cebu produce a number and various popular tropical wears such brands as the Bisaya Ispisyal, Islands Souvenirs, Loalde, USA Sports, Penshoppe, Oxygen, ForMe, Memo, Regatta, Tyler, among others.
These tropical fashionable and comfortable clothings are suitable for both young and older buyers and users.
Investing in Cebu or establishing a Cebu garments industry is a promising venture. Cebu offers best environment for such a business—work force, accessibility, relaxing environment and a fantastic travel destination as well.
If you are searching a company that sells those products, the below list only covers some of those companies that are being included here randomly.
Chester textile at SM Cebu
Aldeguer and Co., Inc., Golden ABC Inc., Metro Wear Inc., Karikawa Cebu Corporation
Philippine Light Leather Inc., Tokyo Dress Cebu Corporation, Chester Enterprises, Inc. www.chesterenterprisesinc.com
DEKL Anajao Co., NZ Banhigan Corp., GKZ Enterprises, Salagmaya Ltd, CT So-ong Incorporated, CJSY Victoria International, AX Company, CTZ Company, Autoat Tanawan Corp., BV San Jose Corp., EFK Bagakay Ent., JMXZ Trading, etc.
These are just some of the many clothing companies located in Cebu Province. You are free to look them up on google for more details.
And, if you are very interested to learn more on how to invest or establish a business or company in Cebu, please refer to the link below.
About the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI Cebu)
The DTI is an official Philippine government’s designated ministry tasked in providing guidance and measures to all investors and business applicants. In Cebu, this ministry is available in major capital cities and can be easily found in Cebu as well.
If you want to know about Cebu business, you have to go through this official ministry, which is especially linked for you here…
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