World at Work: Indonesia

By Jane Hwang - 2013-04-04T14:54:37Z

Photograph by Dadang Tri/Bloomberg 

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Painted Thread

Asia -- which had seven of the top 10 exporters of textiles and clothing and office and telecommunications equipment in 2011 -- shipped $5.98 trillion of goods that year, an 18 percent increase from the year before, according to the World Trade Organization. Southeast Asia alone sent out $1.24 trillion of products, compared with $432 billion in 2000 and $72 billion in 1980, data from the WTO show.

Left, workers stand behind lines of thread hanging from a yarn machine in the spinning area.