Textile Sourcing in Colombia

 

Alexandra Saad

Colombia is an ever-growing presence in the textile sourcing market, and for good reason. The industry in the country offers more than 100 years of experience in manufacturing fabrics and apparel, and it's still on the rise.

Colombia is an ever-growing presence in the textile sourcing market, and for good reason. The industry in the country offers more than 100 years of experience in manufacturing fabrics and apparel, both locally and internationally. With exports exceeding one million dollars per year, the country is currently a major competitive supplier of textile goods in Latin America. Colombian companies are also known to ‘go the extra mile’. Apparel and textile production is enacted according to quality standards, which guarantees the design, size, and color gamut to satisfy international market standards. There is a corporate culture to keep an eye out for detail, an ethos of only working with high-quality materials, and a swift production process.

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The city of Medellín is at the center of Colombia's textile and apparel industry, which boasts a large number of manufacturers which do business on a global scale, and quite a few smaller manufacturers that serve a more localized market.

Dan Nation, president of Parkdale International, is optimistic about sourcing opportunities in Colombia. ”Colombia's got a really good textile base with a lot of good textile knowledge, a fabulous work ethic and good businessmen," Nation said. “It's a consuming market…it also gives us opportunities that previously Mexico had to export yarn into Colombia for the local market.”

There are several prominent textile producers located in Colombia, including performance specialists Lafgo Lafayette and the well-established Tejidos Gulfer.  

Located in Bogota, Colombia, Lafgo Lafayette offers a wide range of high-quality textiles, including a special line of sport fabrics designed for durability and breathability. They are committed to producing their fabrics as sustainably as possible, and are constantly researching how they can reduce their carbon footprint. Lafgo Lafayette also develops creative textile solutions with high-tech components that allow designers to create comfortable, versatile garments that their customers feel proud to wear.   The company specializes in creating quality polyester and polyester/lycra-blend performance fabrics, and their materials feature the latest technologies, including moisture-wicking, sun protection, and water repellence, making them ideal for sport and active wear collections.

For over 50 years, Tejidos Gulfer has been the Colombian leader in Triccot, Rachel and Circular knitting for a wide range of markets. They are also an innovative powerhouse - from the early days of its founding, Tejidos Gulfer’s culture has dictated that people need to be constantly innovating in order to gain a competitive advantage. In many cases, ideas come directly from their clients, who view Tejidos Gulfer as a strategic partner and have confidence that they can develop new products rapidly and effectively. Tejidos Gulfer also donates money to fund poor students and mentors children with limited resources who are trying to start their own business.