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VidNuT 11 - value chains

Textile value chains

From experience in teaching at the lower level and using a questionnaire on the topic of "value chain", it could be observed that students have little prior knowledge of the value chain and that there are a lot of incorrect ideas Almost without exception, vegetable raw materials have positive connotations, while man-made fibers only cause negative associations.

The technical work steps in the course of the production of a textile are hardly known and are generalized in the above-mentioned questionnaires on the value chain by the students with the word "factory". Surface-forming techniques are even occasionally represented by knitting needles, which makes it clear that textile production is not perceived as an industrial process at all.

All areas of the textile value chain in conventional, industrial production usually have devastating effects on the environment. Furthermore, their production is accompanied by human tragedies in the form of labor exploitation and health-damaging jobs in low-wage countries and make it clear why knowledge about this topic is relevant for the future for schoolchildren.


Stuber, T., Wyss, B. (2020). Technology and design 1st cycle, manual for teachers. Bern: hep

Völker, U., Brückner, K. (2009). From fiber to fabric. Hamburg: Verlag Handwerk und Technik

Rivoli, P. (2006). Travel report of a t-shirt, an everyday product explains the world economy. Econ publishing house

Holdinghausen, H. (2015). Tighten three times, put it away. Frankfurt / Main: Westend Verlag

VidNuT Designer:  Nicole Hecher

VidNuT Expert:  Sebastian Goreth

Institution: Pädagogische Hochschule Tirol / IBAS (Institute for Vocational and General Education Studies at Secondary Level)
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