The gift of textiles allows for the creation of fabrics. It includes both the processing of various materials in various ways, including cotton, wool, hemp, silk and even grass, and the skill to weave them into patterns that make give them a high tensile strength. As a clothing, it is lighter and often more comfortable than leather clothing and furs, and can be made to be extremely luxurious. But there are many other applications, such as the creation of rope for ships, or canvas for tents and sails.
For these reasons, textiles have become very popular amongst the races of across the world, particularly in the winter pines. While the highest quality items are made by the thri-kreen, there are merchants in cloth and skilled weavers all across the world.