Weaving a career in the textile sector, fashion design
Textiles encompass many sub-sectors such as the knitting and weaving, embroidery, printing and textile finishing industries. It is a field juxtaposed with aesthetics, technology, cultural roots and symbolism, making it a unique opportunity to explore various career options. Through textiles, we express areas of cultural identity and solve practical problems that require scientific / science-based solutions.
What is included in a textile design course?
When students join a textile design course, they learn the technical aspects of textiles, including the basics of weaving and knitting structures. Throughout the course, they learn more complex structures like dobby and jacquard weaving which can be used for design development in traditional hand weaving industry like Banarasi weaving, Kani shawl weaving, Paithani , etc. Fabric. ‘
They also learn about various finishes applied to fabrics for performance enhancement, as well as the chemistry of textiles and dyes that find application in the development of performance enhancing fabrics used in the sportswear, apparel industries. for children, dyeing and printing. During the course, they become familiar with innovation in materials and major technological developments in textiles.
The textile industry and the courses surrounding it offer young people the opportunity to experience the finer nuances of textile design development, including market research and understanding customer information, forecasting and research on trends, as well as the development of structures, prints and embroidery. Students must marry design and innovation to create new designs while keeping in mind the business aspect of their ideas and creations.
What are the different textile sectors?
Textiles is a very diverse industry and offers multiple possibilities through disciplinary mergers, making it a truly dynamic and constantly evolving field. A person entering the textile industry could orient their career towards social intervention through traditional textiles by working with local artisans, or they could also join the informal sector or work in industrial design with textile factories and tags. The aspirant could also explore innovation in prints and embroidery.
Fashion industry: Textiles are the backbone of fashion and design houses, as well as companies and brands looking to use unconventional textile materials, unique prints and embroidery to represent their work. Most of the famous designers showcasing their work at International Fashion Week used Indian textiles as a template for their labels. Hand embroidery, a popular and long-standing art form in India, is also a major contributor to the international fashion trade.
Technological innovation companies: Like everything else in our society, textiles are also making progress by adopting more environmentally friendly production and logistics. This field has actively seen collaborations between textile engineers and designers who have come together to create technological and aesthetic textiles.
Traditional textiles: Local techniques of weaving, printing and embroidery were revived and brought back to mainstream consciousness as popular art forms. Previously a task traditionally taken on by social sector NGOs, today brands and designers embrace their roots using traditional textiles and techniques in their designs. This gave a major boost to the informal sector and helped semi-skilled and skilled workers to earn a living while adding a unique flavor to the work of the designer.
Furniture industry: The furniture industry, which includes furniture, bed and bath linens and carpet designs, has seen a huge increase in the number of customers looking to create unique homes and office spaces while personalizing their own. furniture. A textile graduate could work as a print or weave designer or as a merchandiser and help create custom upholstery in current trends and assist with design consultation for home and office spaces.
– Written by Gauri K Purohit Associate Professor of the School of Fashion, Pearl Academy, Jaipur
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