Workers in the garment industry celebrate their professional holiday
Light Industry Day is celebrated every second Sunday of June not only in Russia, but also in some other post-Soviet countries. The date was established by the Decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Council of the USSR back in October 1980.
After the collapse of the Union, the whole industry fell into decay, hard times came for the whole country, and there was no time for holidays, and the day of light industry was temporarily forgotten. It was celebrated again in 2000, after President Vladimir Putin's decree.
According to the international classification, the light industry includes 25 divisions, among which are textile production, footwear, leather, sewing, knitwear. It is the garment industry that provides 40% of the necessary consumer needs of the citizens of our country. There is a special scale of celebration in Moscow, Ivanovo, Vladimir regions. These regions are considered the center of textile and light industry of Russia. Fairs, exhibitions and fashion shows are held there.
Russia's light industry employs over 2 million people. They produce consumer goods: clothes, shoes, underwear, everything necessary for everyday life. All of these domestically produced products are much cheaper than imported, and the quality is not inferior to foreign manufacture.
And here are some interesting facts about light industry. Every year, 82 million tons of textile fibres are produced worldwide, consuming 6 billion tons of coal and 8 billion liters of water. The most popular fabrics in the world are linen, cotton, polyester, viscose and lycra. According to the same worldwide statistics, the average “life expectancy” of women's clothing is 3 years, men's clothing - 6 years.