Where has all the Fabric gone?by Tavy at Howard's on 03/24/11
So recently it has become harder and harder to find certain fabrics. So many are now made in China; which, would be fine, if the lower price accompanied the same or better quality. Unfortunately that is not the case. Fabrics from China are inferior in every way. The quality is so much lower that I only recommend going with a lower quality import if cost is of the upmost importance, but the life of your upholstery will be significantly affected. Also, I recommend buying American. Currently the Textile industry jobs have been significantly diminished.
Occupations that will decline the most from 2008 to 2018 (measured by percentage change in jobs)
AN INDUSTRY HANGING BY A THREAD | Story
Bureau of Labor Statistics projections:
Textile winding, twisting and drawing out machine setters, operators and tenders 41%/14,200
Except for Postal positions being on the list, as you can see the American Textile industry is being destroyed by inferior qualilty foreign competition, we can still find you a great fabric, it's just a little harder.