Innovations in the Indigenous Textile Weaving Firms in Southwestern Nigeria

Stephen Akinade Adegbite, Matthew Olugbemiga Ilori, Helen Olubunmi Aderemi


The study investigated technology innovations and factors influencing its upgrading in the indigenous textile
weaving firms in southwestern Nigeria. Data for the survey was sourced from 300 small scale firms with 91%
retrieval rate. The survey instruments which were questionnaire, interview and personal observation elicited
information on the weaving process. Majority (89%) of the respondents reported product innovations while 8%
and 3% have carried out process and organizational innovations respectively. The males (74%) weave on the
horizontal loom while female respondents (26%) weave on the vertical loom. Most (96%) of the firms used the
manual production process while a few (4%) have introduced some process improvements. Also, 58% of the
respondents lack technical skills, technical education (87%) and investment funds (59%). The study concluded
that lack of technical education and skills as well as adequate capital could limit the capability of respondents to
adopt modern weaving techniques and innovate.

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