In this digital age, opportunities for the more efficient transaction of goods, and even quick access to information, are consistently rising. Different platforms are used to promote, buy, and sell products online for convenience. With this, the DOST-PTRI launched its newest innovation, the Regional Yarn Production and Innovation Center or RYPIC official website containing relevant information about RYPIC, natural textile fibers sources, and how one can order natural blended yarns anytime, anywhere, and online.

The birth of the official website is aligned with RYPIC’s goal, which is to model textile sustainability in production and consumption by engaging the local communities and creating an ecosystem that will fuel one activity after another to gradually power up an industrial sector. The website supports the mission of RYPIC to jumpstart a local innovation ecosystem for the textile sector and to cater to the requirements of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), academic, and government institutions for yarns and fabrics using local raw materials, skills, and talents.

Through RYPIC, economic development and tourism will be boosted in the region from helping the farmers, weavers, up until the market once the demand for sustainable yarns increases. The harvested Philippine cotton by our farmers will be of greater value. Most importantly, farmers of pineapple, banana, and abaca can now use the wasted leaves and pseudostems of these plants to become the raw materials of the natural blended yarns made in RYPIC. RYPIC becomes the mechanism to jumpstart the use of natural blended yarns in the region from where the raw materials are sourced. RYPIC does not only help the farmers but also the local weavers as these RYPIC yarns can mainly be used for handloom woven fabrics.

“Our e-portal is going to provide information, link us up, connect, and tell us what is available and to try and imbibe more trust and confidence in the system. Together we can create a very colorful map in our national textile innovation for our country.” said DOST-PTRI Director Celia B. Elumba during the launching of the e-portal in the “Pick RYPIC: Shaping Yarn Innovation in Regions to Warp-Speed NTF to the Digital Marketplace” webinar last November 24, 2021, via Zoom.

The website features include information about RYPIC, products, map navigation, partners, and contact details. For the products, information on the different natural textile fiber-based yarns in blend with cotton-abaca, cotton-pineapple, 100% pure cotton, and the soon-to-be-developed naturally dyed fabrics can be viewed. The product details and the materials used for each yarn are also provided. Upon choosing the right yarn, a downloadable sales form is to be filled out and sent via email.

With the success of the first RYPIC, it is seen to be a model that can help attain regional developments in the country. For the year 2022, another RYPIC is set to be established in Northern Luzon. By the end of 2025, more RYPICs will be installed to be located in Southern Luzon, Western Visayas, and Southern Mindanao.

Visit the RYPIC official website through to know more about the yarns you want to purchase. There is a navigation video on the website and a step-by-step instructions video for easy access. With just a few clicks, your order will be on its way!

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