The textile and clothing industry has always been one of the most important sectors in Latvian economy. One factor that contributes to its role in this economy is the cultural roots that it has always had. It relies mainly on natural materials, very high quality and innovative designs, without forgetting traditional values related to very solid conceptions of what a good life should be. This indeed helps to understand why Latvian textile and clothing products even became really valued export commodities for centuries, during and after the Hanseatic League. So, for example, Latvia is recognized as one of the principal flax exporters in the last century. It devoted around 40,000 hectares of land to the cultivation of flax, which made this product the second most important income source for the country behind timber. It is also a fact that Latvian flax and hemp were regarded as fulfilling very high standards for this time, thanks to the control methods employed for their production.
Linen and hemp still play an important role in the textile and clothing industry of Latvia. For instance, textiles from linen are popular among Latvians when it comes to items such as tablecloths and curtains. But they are also popular among different international brands, which have introduced the most exclusive linen accessories in their collections. Cases like this have helped the textile and clothing industry to be seen as one of the central forces in Latvian economy. With more than 700 companies and around 12,000 people employed, this is an industry able to combine advanced industrial and technological knowledge with more traditional approaches to the materials and its designs. And according to data from the Association of Latvian Textile and Clothing Industry for 2014, it is a sector that contributes 4.8% to the total value added of manufacturing in the country.
The textile and clothing industry focuses mainly on lingerie manufacturing, sewing, weaving, technical textile manufacturing, and artisan textile production. Some data in this respect are these: technical textiles occupy 33% of it production, underwear and material used for underwear 19%, functional wear and outerwear 19%, other apparel 19%, home textile 6%, hosiery products 2%, and knitted and crochet products 2%.
Though the main industrial centers for textile and clothing products are located in Riga, the capital city of Latvia, and the city of Liepaja, it is possible to find textile and clothing companies distributed all around the country, and even the world. The following list gives you a good idea of the kind of textile and clothing companies that you can find in Latvia.
Amoralle is a company recognized at the international level by representatives of the fashion industry as important as Vogue Italy, Marie Claire Italy, Cosmopolitan Russia, among many others. Its products are praised for their quality, their exquisite details, and the feeling that they produce. Each of them is hand-made with fabrics and lace of high quality. All these factors have contributed to seduce different types of women around the world, and for that reason, it is no surprise at all to discover that the company has 27 stand-alone stores in different countries. Some of them are located in Great Britain, Austria, Germany, Australia, France, Saudi Arabia, the Netherlands, Russia and the USA. The products of Amoralle include luxury nightwear, lingerie and loungewear such as stockings, fur accessories and bodysuits.
The main feature that identifies Ars Tela is the design of hand-woven textiles that appear almost as pieces of art due to the quality of their designs. The company focuses both on home products and on accessories for men and women. The former include products such as placemats, aprons, kitchen towels, curtains, table runners, tablecloths, napkins, carpets, cushions, bed linen and covers, throws, beach and sauna towels, and bathrobes, among others. The latter include products such as ties, women’s and men’s scarves, shawls, skirts, dresses, blouses, coats, and so on. Due to this variety of products, the company works with retailers for women’s and men’s clothing, fashion designers interested in hand-crafted fabrics, and architects and interior designers.
Betolli is a company with a very innovative approach to the textile and clothing industry. Through its website, the company enables the customer to design his or her own cloths according to his or her own personal style. The items can be created and ordered for women, men, and children. The main idea behind this approach is that the company’s 3D designer helps the customer to decide not only the dress or shirt style that he or she may want to have, but also other characteristics of the item such as its fabric, its size, its color, among many other options. After the customer does this, the product can be shipped anywhere in the world. And as one would expect, there are also gift cards for those interested in giving a good surprise to some special person in some special date.