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Medical textile is an emerging sector of technical textiles industry and its growth is fuelled due to constant improvements in healthcare as well as innovations in the textile field. The use of textile materials for medical and healthcare products ranges from simple gauze or bandage materials to scaffolds for tissue culturing and a large variety of prostheses for permanent body implants.  

Advanced medical textiles are significantly developing area because of their major expansion in the fields like wound healing and controlled release, bandaging and pressure garments, implantable devices as well as medical devices, and development of new intelligent textile products. 

Based on the exemplary performance of SITRA in Medical Textiles, a Centre of Excellence for Medical Textiles has been established at SITRA’s premises under Mini Mission I of Technology Mission on Technical Textiles (TMTT), promoted by Office of the Textile Commissioner, Ministry of Textiles, Government of India. The research activities at this centre now aims at developing medical textile products and devices of healthcare and hygiene, implantable, non-implantable and extracorporeal.