Monday, 14 July 2014

Textile Industry- A boon for both Science and arts

Gone are the days when traditional engineering or MBBS were the only options you had to choose for your career. People are becoming aware about the new avenues that are open for them. The industries are flourishing and one such industry is the textile industry of India. It is fast growing and there is a plethora of opening for people in the textile industry. The textile industry is the backbone of the fashion industry and the demand for professionals in the industry is growing.

A creative outlook

If drawing and sketching has always been your passion, then it is time to turn your passion into your career. The textile industry largely focuses on and production of the textile and the fabric. It is the work of a textile designer to design the patterns onto the correct fabric. He should have an in-depth knowledge about the various fabrics and the textiles.  Top universities in India like National Institute of Fashion Technology Delhi, National Institute of Design Ahmedabad, Symbiosis Institute of Design Pune, J D Institute of Fashion Technology Mumbai, etc. offer a variety of courses to choose from. It educates the students about the textile industry, helps them to enhance their creativity and prepares them to work in textile houses. The students are made to improve their hands on skills on sewing, weaving, knitting and other forms of embroidery.  It also prepares them to work with the various designing software like CAD, etc.  Dyeing and printing are also a key feature of such courses and students are introduced to the process involved in production of a fabric. The bachelor’s course is a 4 year extensive program and after this, a student can work in the textile mills, design studios, export houses as fabric managers, or may start their independent design studio.

A blend of art and science

If you have a knack for science and fabrics both, then textile engineering is your thing. It deals with the scientific methods used in the production of the barns and the threads. It also involves studying the chemical and scientific properties of the fibres and analysing them.  They play a major role in the production of a garment. One has to hold a degree in Bachelors of Technology in Textile Engineering or a Bachelors of Technology in Textile Chemistry to qualify for a job as a textile engineer. The students are taught the application of applying scientific methods and engineering principles of design into the processing of any fibre, textile or apparel. One could work in the textile plants and companies under various departments in planning, production, sales and marketing as a researcher, technologist, development engineer, medical textiles engineer etc. In India, one could work under the handloom sector or the mechanized sector. They may also find option open for themselves in the dyeing and finishing, technical services, product development, polymer science, etc. The students may later take up short term courses to concentrate on a particular business like apparel marketing.

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