Textile designing is a process in which threads or yarn fibres are woven together creatively to form a flexible or a decorative cloth. Textile design is further subcategorized as printed textile design, woven textile design, and mixed media textile design, each of which uses different methods to produce cloth or fabric. The term fashion designing and textile designing, although they are used indifferently but are very different from each other. A fashion designer designs the garments, whereas a textile designer designs the fabric to be used for the preparation of the garment. The end product of a textile designer is a woven fabric that selects the appropriate yarn, yarn colours, and dyes to make a fabric texture.
The textile designers are responsible for firstly procuring the raw material and then instructing the weavers and knitters to bring the designs into reality. This can be concluded by saying that a fashion designer’s raw materials are textile designer’s finished products.
Need for textile designers
Textile designers are expected to come up with innovative ideas and appealing design fabrics, clothing, and non-clothing material. Their task is to understand the customer requirements and develop designs, conduct continuous research to be always updated with the most recent market requirements and use software such as Computer-aided Design (CAD) to visualize their concepts and create samples. And then get involved in testing and quality assurance of the fabric designed. The most important thing to compete in this market is maintaining a good networking channel and keeping up with the latest industry trends.
Textile design course – New field for Young Generation
The textile industry is worth 150 billion dollars, and this industry has been driving demand for several centuries now, which opens various job opportunities and other career prospects. The curriculum of textile designing offers students the opportunity to design, create, experiment, and innovate for various fabrics and material designs. In today’s date, there are many eager and zealous candidates looking forward to pursuing textile designing as their career, and various textile design courses are available for such individuals as:
List of Undergraduate Course:
- Bachelor in Design (B.Des) in textile design
- a four-year course, Bachelor of Science (B.Sc) in Textile Design
- a three-year course, B.S.s. in fashion and textile design which is a three-year course, Bachelors of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) which is also a three years course, Bachelor of Visual Arts (B.F.A) for three years, U.G. Program in textile design for four years and B.Des in Fashion and Textile Design for four years.
Students with a 12th pass certificate can apply for the following diploma course:
- Advanced Diploma in Textile Designing for two years
- Diploma in Textile Designing for one year
- Diploma in Fashion, Textile and Apparel Design for two years
- Under Graduate Diploma in Textile and Fashion Design for one year
- Under Graduate Diploma in Textile Design for one year,
- Advanced Diploma in Textile Design and Technology for two years
- Diploma in Apparel Quality Assurance and Compliance for one year
List of Postgraduate Course
- Master of Design (M.Des) in Textile Design
- Master of Science (M.Sc). in Apparel and Fashion Design
- P.G. Program in Textile Design
- M.A. Diploma Pathway in Design (Fashion and Textiles)
- Post Graduate Diploma in Fashion Designing and Boutique Management
- M.Des. in Textile and Knitwear Design
- M. Design in Fashion and Textiles, Master of Business Administration
- (M.B.A.) in Textile Design
- Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) in Textile Design for two years
And some of the Top Textile design colleges in India are:
- Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology – KIIT, Bhubaneswar
- Indian Institute of Craft and Design, IICD, Jaipur
- Mahatma Jyoti Rao Phoole University – (MJRP), Jaipur
- NIMS University (NIMS), Jaipur
- Suresh Gyan Vihar University (SGVU), Jaipur
- Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj University (CSMU), Navi Mumbai
- National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), Delhi
- National Institute of Design (N.I.D.), Ahmedabad
A textile designer is employed in various industries, and hence various job opportunities are available to a textile designer like:
Freelance designer, Merchandiser, Print and pattern designer, Textile illustrator, Innovative design consultant, curator, stylist, and many more.
With the correct guidance, the young designers receive abundant knowledge about fundamentals, information technology, and exposure to various leather/paper/fiber textile designing industry.