Thailand's textile and clothing exports rose by 17.2% during the first quarter, indicating that the country's recent political crisis has had little impact on the sector's production.

Figures from the Thailand Textile Institute show year-on-year exports increased to US$1.76bn, of which the textile sector accounts for 58% worth US$1.02bn. 

Textile shipments were 38.4% higher than the first quarter of last year, with strong growth in most products, including fabric (up 18.7% to $321.1m) and yarn and manmade filament (up 70.7% to $237.9m).

In contrast, the garment sector suffered a 3.3% slump, falling to $738.4m. 

The US continues to be the main export destination, accounting for 19.7% of total exports worth $347.9m. However, this was down 7.1% compared with the same period last year.

The EU bloc stood in second place at $324.8m, up 10.9% on last year. 

On the import front, Thailand imported textile and garment imports worth $895.7m, a rise of 38.5%.