Textiles which are specifically designed and engineered to be capable of using in products, processes or services of mostly non-textile industries are termed as industrial textile. Another distinguishing feature of industrial textile is that unlike the traditional use of ordinary textiles in apparel and furnishing, it is primarily utilized by industrial professionals in different types of high performance and heavy-duty applications from non-textile industries. Traditional textiles enjoy a distinct form of textile art and textile design.
The term industrial textile(textile industry) is mainly used to refer non-traditional textiles and it is also known as technical textiles or high performance textiles or high tech textiles. According to the definition industrial textiles possesses three primary uses. Traditional textiles are considered to be a little older than industrial textiles though both of their origin trace back to several thousands years ago. The tradition of modern industrial textile started with usage of canvas cloth to sail ships in the ocean.