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  Dr Peter Howard Dinsdale CText FTI
World President of The Textile Institute
23 March 1945 – 10 August 2014

It is with great sadness that The Textile Institute announces the death of its World President Dr Peter Dinsdale CText FTI. Peter sadly passed away on Sunday 10 August 2014 in hospital where he had been receiving treatment for Non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

This news will be a great shock to his many friends and colleagues at the Institute and around the world. His passing is a great loss to The Textile Institute and the textile industry as a whole. We are truly thankful as an organisation for this contribution and we will certainly be the poorer for his passing.

A memorial service will take place to celebrate Dr Dinsdale's life on Saturday 13 September at 2pm at the Royal Over-Seas League, Park Place, St. James's Street, London SW1A 1LR  UK.  All are welcome to attend. For further details or to register your interest in attending please do not hesitate to contact Stephanie Dick CEO at

The Chairman of The Textile Institute Helen Rowe CompTI CText FTI, stated that ‘His legacy will be one of rejuvenation, of expanding interest in the work of the TI throughout the textile world and of increasing our contacts across the globe. He will be sorely missed’.

A full obituary and tribute will be published in the next issue of textiles .


Entries are now open for the World Textile Awards, sponsored by The Textile Institute

The Textile Institute is proud to sponsor the World Textile Awards, which have been created to recognise and reward companies in the industry through the entire supply chain, from fibre through to end stitched product.

Each year, the World Textile Awards will award a winner and two runners-up in 7 categories. One winner is then chosen for its exceptional commitment to quality and professionalism and garners the prestigious title of ‘International Textile Firm of the Year’.

Entries have already been received from India, Indonesia, Bangladesh, China, Norway and the UK. To join the world's best, enter today at

Further details from The Textile Institute are available here.


The Textile Institute National Student Design and Technology Awards 2014

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Textile Terms and Definitions  is generally regarded as the established, most authoritative and comprehensive English-language reference manual of textile terminology.

This unique on-line publication enables the user to access the latest and most up to date definitions available. Entries are grouped according to relevant industry sections which can be accessed directly. Individual terms can be accessed by typing into the search box. A full definition list can be accessed by clicking on the alphabetical letters. All entries are cross-referenced for completeness in any search so if the term you are looking for is common to several sections, all the relevant links will be shown.

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  Innovation from Fibre to Fashion
2-6 November 2014, Wuhan, China

The Textile Institute is delighted to announce that Wuhan Textile University, China, with the support of Deakin University, Australia will be hosting the next World Conference. China is considered to be the largest fibre producer and textile manufacturer in the world. Wuhan Textile University is the only 'textile' named university in China. Wuhan City is centrally located with easy access by international and domestic flights and the fast train network in China.

This invigorating environment is the perfect place to unite with like minded people, focussing specifically on innovation from fibre to fashion in both research and industrial applications.

The Textile Institute and Wuhan Textile University hope the conference will provide the opportunity for TI Members along with industry representatives to take part in this prestigious event. Presentations from industry and education are invited providing an international platform for information exchange and networking.

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The Textile Institute Business Information Service has developed an Almanac, a daily posting of interesting textile facts. These facts come from history, personalities, as well as our own world class reference book Textile Terms and Definitions. Information Services are available to all members. Please contact us with your own questions and information requirements!!

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The TI is pleased to announce the latest issue of its members magazine, textiles. This edition is offered in both digital and print versions. Institute members can read the digital edition in the "Members Only" section of this website.