The vinalon industry is the shining fruition that the Juche idea of our Party was reflected in the field of chemical industry.11
- Kim II Sung

The opening of a large-scale textile factory is a matter of great national pride. During the Chollima movement of national industrialisation, the textile industry performed outstandingly due to the production of the vinalon. North Korea then rose to become one of the largest producers of vinalon in the world, at least until the mid-1980s.

The opening of the Vinalon Factory in Hamhung was woven into the industrial narrative as heralding a new era of socialist revolution that is powered by productivity in the factories. The vinalon fabric itself was named the “juche fabric” by Kim II Sung. “Juche”, which translates literally to “subject”, stands for self-reliance. Created by North Koreans using domestic resources and technology,  the invention of the fabric became synonymous with the regime’s narrative of socialist attainment. Hardier than nylon and lighter than cotton, vinalon was used in everything from paper, tires, agricultural tools, and work clothes 10.


Atoms are used everywhere in North Korea as a symbol for science13. The evocation of science refers to their attempt to apply rational and scientific methods to understanding every aspect of society and the natural world — including fashion14.

维尼纶工业是党的 ‘主体’ 思想在化工领域反映出来的光辉成果。 11

营运一家大型纺织厂的是一件值得民族自豪的事。 在全国工业化的 “千里马” 运动中,纺织业的突出表现是来自于维尼纶纤维的生产。 在1980年代中期之前,朝鲜是世界上最大的维尼纶生产国之一。

咸兴市维尼纶工厂的开业,象征了以工厂生产力引导的社会主义革命新时代。 维尼纶纺织品被金日成命名为 “juche 织物” 。“juche” 的字面意思是 “主体” ,代表着自力更生。 这种纺织品是靠朝鲜人利用国内资源和技术而创造的,并成为朝鲜政权实现社会主义的代名词。 维尼纶比尼龙更硬,比棉更轻,并用于制作纸张、轮胎、务农工具与工作服等各种物品10


原子图案是科学的象征,在朝鲜随处可见13。 通过此标志,朝鲜人表现了自己能够通过理性和科学方法来理解社会与自然世界的任何方面,包括时尚14