Textile design is a growing field focusing on teaching wide variety of skills applicable to different areas from home to fashion, handlooms to mill sector and handcrafted printing to digital techniques. It merges artistic aesthetics with technical knowledge along with emphasising on creative innovation. The programme combines theory with hands-on practice in traditional and contemporary techniques of surface ornamentation, print design and weave design.
“Textile has been always a strong economic contributor and will continue to do so. The fashion and allied industries are there to stay. Our first batch of textile design had graduated in May 2017”, says Sanjay Shrivastava, Director, NIFT Patna and additional in-charge of NIFT Bhubaneswar while throwing light on its expanding scope.
Careers360 explores everything about textile design including eligibility criteria, skills required, most sought after colleges, core study areas, scope, job profiles, major recruiters, average salary, and more.
For pursuing a bachelor’s degree in textile design, you should have passed your class 10+2 qualifying examination from a recognised state or national board of education.
An aspirant of textile design must have following skills:
Creative flair and artistic ability
A good eye for colour, texture, fabrics and patterns
Attention to detail
An interest in fashion and textiles
An understanding of trends and materials
How does Textile Design programme prepare students?
The programme prepares students for domestic and international fashion and apparel industry. The learning is based on integration of design concept with market requirements covering the entire gamut of idea, design and product development.
Students are trained on weaving, printing, surface ornamentation and digital design, and are exposed to textile design studio setups, industrial units and craft cluster areas around the country. A strong foundation of industry linked programme prepares them for developing market viable collections for domestic and International market.
Areas of Study
Textile science, an important part of textile design programme, includes study of innovative and advanced products aimed at improving the comfort, safety and convenience of consumers.
Another crucial element is fabric studies that include study of fundamental aspects of textiles, ornamentation, value addition, etc. Students learn to handle and use fabrics in various design aspects.
The major elements covered under textile design are:
CAD – Print
Textile Chemical Processing
Woven Design Project
Textile Design Techniques
CAD – Dobby, Carpet and Jacquard
Traditional Indian Textiles
Advanced Woven Structures
Craft Research and Documentation
Print Design Project
Pattern Making & Construction
Fabric Quality Assurance
Professional Ethics & Responsibilities
Fashion Marketing & Merchandising
Advanced Design Project
Scope and Job Profiles
Textile design professionals provide value to multiple areas (textile mills, export houses, fashion designer studios, buying houses, craft sector) for the ever changing fashion business. They are employed in the capacities of designers, colorists, trend analysts and stylists in design studios.
The programme prepares students for a wide range of careers in textile mills and export houses, with fashion designer, design studios, buying house, handloom cooperatives and buying agencies as design or fabric managers, or work independently as designers or entrepreneurs. Some of the profiles offered to the graduates of textile design are mentioned below:
Colour and style specialist
Colour and trend forecaster
Colour and design consultant
Textile and surface developer
Print and pattern designer
Innovative design consultant
Manager trend & forecast
The graduates find jobs with top organizations as well as fashion houses. Sabyasachi Couture, Bombay Dyeing, Wellspun India are some of the places a creative textile design graduate can find an outlet to his/her creative instinct. The other top employers that recruit graduates of textile design are:
Alps Industries Pvt. Ltd.
Donear Industries Ltd.
Aditya Birla Home Décor
Shades of India
Shingora International Pvt. Ltd.
Grasim Industries Ltd.
Madura Fashion & Lifestyle
Mafatlal Industries Ltd.
Raymond’s India Limited
Reliance Brands Limited
Siyaram Silk Mills
Synergy Lifestyles Pvt. Ltd.
Vardhman Mills Ltd.
W (TCNS Clothing Pvt. Ltd.)
Depending on the brand, company and location, a textile design graduate can expect to earn anything between Rs.4.5-5 lakhs per annum.
Top colleges offering textile design programme (UG)
Textile design has increasingly been made a part of curriculum by top colleges. The top design institutes like NIFT have started to offer textile design in their programmes. Dr. Vijaya Deshmukh, Director, NIFT Jodhpur, shares, “We have launched four new design courses from July 2016 onwards that include textile design as well.”
Some of the most sought-after colleges offering undergraduate degree in textile design are as follows-
National Institute of Design (NID)
National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) New Delhi
The course is designed to produce dynamic professionals, who embrace the newer challenges, opportunities and technologies to produce creative and responsible solutions in the field of textile design. If you have an artistic and creative personality, then textile design can be a great choice for you.
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