By: Seshadri Ramkumar, Texas Tech University, USA

(Lubbock, USA, September 23, 2015)-----Indian government is likely to mandate the use of technical textiles such as geotextiles in certain sectors such as building, railways and defense.


As a way of stimulating the use of technical textiles and promote, “Make in India,” campaign, such efforts are needed said, Mrs. Kiran Soni Gupta, India’s Textile Commissioner yesterday while inaugurating “Geotextiles,” seminar organized by the PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry in New Delhi.


According to PHD Chamber of Commerce, Mrs. Gupta stated that India needs imports substitution in technical textiles from countries such as China and Italy.


India also wants to support start-ups in technical textiles through its national mission on technical textiles. Additionally, capital subsidy increase for textile machines and expansion of interest subsidy for technical textiles projects are on the table as there is tremendous interest in technical textiles sector from many states such as Rajasthan, Tamilnadu and Maharashtra.



Anil Khaitan, chairman, industry affairs committee of the PHD Chamber announced that the chamber will create startup cells to support entrepreneurs and technical textiles field is perfectly suited for this effort.



Indian government expects the field will grow by 20% on annual basis.

23 September 2015 – ITMA 2015 visitors will be able to learn about the latest research and development projects from 43 presenters at the Speakers Platform. The presenters hail from 17 of the 39 leading institutions taking part in the Research & Innovation Pavilion.

The 20-minute presentations will focus on three key themes: sustainable innovations, achievements in innovation and technical textiles applications.     

Sustainable Innovations
A number of papers to be delivered will feature innovations in regeneration and reuse of materials, total or reduced waste emissions, and environmental management. Among them are:

  • Development of a Process for Recycling of Blended Fabrics by Marie-Isabel Popzyk, Institut Für Textiltechnik, Rwth Aachen University, Germany
  • Biomimicry in Textiles and Sustainability by Tushar Ghosh, North Carolina State University College Of Textiles, United States Of America
  • Recycling of Textiles: An Important Challenge by Chiara Besnati, Centro Tessile Cotoniero E Abbigliamento S.P.A., Italy
  • Innovative Digital Textile Printing Applications – A Contribution to Sustainability and Customisation by Michael Korger, Hochschule Niederrhein, Germany
  • Corporate Environmental Management for the Textile Sector by Albachiara Boffelli, Università Degli Studi Di Bergamo, Italy

Achievements in Innovation & Technical Textiles Applications
Papers within these two themes cover topics such as smart textiles and wearable technology, advanced materials and composites, and sports industry applications:

  • Textiles for Health Monitoring by Marco Silvestri, Universita' Degli Studi Di Parma, Italy         
  • Developing Innovative Integrated Smart Textile Applications through Cross-Disciplinary Collaboration by Frances Joseph, Auckland University Of Technology, New Zealand
  • Comfort for Sportswear: An Essential Performance by Marco Beia, Centro Tessile Cotoniero E Abbigliamento S.P.A., Italy     
  • Innovative Textile Technologies For Thermoplastic Composite Material by Francois Boussu, Ecole Nationale Supérieure Des Arts Et Industries Textiles, France                                

Dr Jeroen Vits, Secretary General of Belgian Textile Machinery Association (SYMATEX, Belgium) and Chairman of CEMATEX's research workgroup, said: "ITMA provides the impetus to research institutes and textile machinery manufacturers to develop breakthrough materials and sustainable innovations which are critical for textile and garment manufacturers to stay competitive. The ITMA Research and Innovation Speakers Platform is an excellent area where ITMA visitors can be the first to pick up the latest innovations from the world's leading institutions.”

Joining Dr Vits as members of the Speakers Platform Technical Committee are:

  • Prof Vladan Koncar, Director of Research, GEMTEX, Head of Research, ENSAIT, France
  • Prof Thomas Gries, Director, Institut für Textiltechnik, RWTH Aachen University, Germany
  • Dr Takeshi Kikutani, Manager, Environmental Design Education Service, Graduate School of Science and Engineering, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan
  • Dr Behnam Pourdeyhimi, Director, The Nonwovens Institute, North Carolina State University, USA

The Speakers Platform will be held at the Research & Innovation Pavilion from 15 to 17 November. Please visit for the full schedule of presentations. Participation in the Speakers Platform is complimentary for ITMA badge holders.

2BFUNTEX Final Conference

The Speakers Platform will also feature the 2BFUNTEX Final Conference on Technology Transfer of Functional Textile Innovations. The conference on 14 November will showcase successful cases of effective technology transfer between research and industry, with a special focus on antimicrobial textiles, smart textiles, nanotechnologies, flame retardancy, biotechnology, electrospinning, plasma, sustainable textiles and other functional textiles. Two winners of this year's 2BFUNTEX technology competition will also give their presentations at the event.

The conference is organised within the European Commission FP7 NMP Coordination Action aimed at exploiting the untapped potential in functional textile structures and textile related materials.

Concurrent events

Visitors will also be able to access a series of co-located knowledge-sharing activities held at ITMA 2015.

  • BCI Responsible Cotton Sourcing Seminar
    With the 'Art of Sustainability' in mind, the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) is providing a half-day seminar on 17 November. The aim is to educate the wider industry about the global challenges in cotton production and how BCI is providing leading retailers and brands with a mainstream option for more sustainably produced cotton. The Better Cotton Standard is designed to help mitigate risks and create opportunities in the existing cotton supply chain.
  • Digital Textile Conference
    This one-day conference on 15 November provides a comprehensive presentation of the most important new developments in the printing sector, in particular digital textile printing. Themed 'The Next Stage: Latest Advances in Production Inkjet Printing', it will offer detailed insights into these innovations across applications that include fashion, home and technical textiles. The conference is organised by World Textile Information Network.
  • EURATEX Convention
    On 18 November, industry and technology thought leaders will gather to discuss if the European Union textile and apparel sector has found enduring competitive advantages in its focus on quality, innovation and sustainability. Textile and clothing manufacturers will share experiences, and promising technologies and markets in a roundtable discussion.

ITMA 2015 will be held at the Fiera Milano Rho from 12 to 19 November 2015. It showcases end-to-end solutions for the entire textile and garment making chain. The exhibition has a gross size of over 200,000 square metres. To date, over 1,600 exhibitors from 50 economies have signed up to take part in the exhibition.

Visitors can purchase their ITMA 2015 badge online by 15 October in order to enjoy early-bird rates. For more information on the exhibition and conferences, please visit

The European Committee of Textile Machinery Manufacturers (CEMATEX) comprises national textile machinery associations from Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. It is the owner of ITMA and ITMA ASIA. Considered the 'Olympics' of textile machinery exhibitions, ITMA has a 60-year history of displaying the latest in machinery and software for every single work process of textile making. It is held every four years in Europe.

About MP Expositions
MP Expositions is a subsidiary of MP International Pte Ltd, a professional exhibition and conference organiser. Established in Singapore in 1987, MP has organised and managed over 2000 major national, regional and international events, including the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) 2009 Leaders' Week. It is the organiser of ITMA 2011 and 2015, and ITMA ASIA 2001 and 2005. It is also co-organiser of the ITMA ASIA+CITME shows 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2014. A member of the Pico group, MP International is headquartered in Singapore with a global footprint across Asia and Europe. MP's success with various partners is a testimony of its ability to identify opportunities and maximise the rewards for win-win partnerships.


R 66 Automated Rotor Spinning Machine

The success of the R 60 automated rotor spinning machine in recent years lies in the good yarn tenacity and low yarn manufacturing costs. Contributory factors are the low energy consumption and easy operation. At the ITMA 2015 Rieter is presenting the new R 66 rotor spinning machine which makes yarn production even more economical.


New lengths of up to 700 positions per machine: higher production per square metre

A higher yarn production per square metre is obtained with longer machines. Rieter now makes a length of up to 700 spinning positions possible. The new machine length reduces the costs for the entire rotor spinning system.


New S 66 Spin Box: higher yarn tenacity and increased flexibility

The new S 66 spin box is the heart of the new R 66 rotor spinning machine.



Compared with the S 60, the S 66 achieves higher speeds for improved economy at the same yarn tenacity and yarn uniformity. The new replaceable CHANNELpass simplifies the optimisation for different raw material.


New functions simplify operation and accelerate the replacement of technology components.


New electro-mechanical yarn traverse for high quality packages

The new electro-mechanical yarn traverse simplifies the setting of the winding angle for a wide range of applications, for reliable package flanks and good unwinding behaviour.


Existing rotor spinning systems – modernised for synthetic fibres and higher speeds

With the ANTIstatic TWINdisc, the CHANNELpass, the clip-on opening roller or complete sets for box modernisation, Rieter offers solutions that allow a quick response to changed market requirements. Time and energy savings as well as production increases lead to a better return.


J 26 Air-Jet Spinning Machine

With the J 26, Rieter extends the application range for air-jet technology and presents an additionally optimised machine.


New: Processing of Polyester with P 26

With the processing of Polyester, the challenge lies in the deposits of spinning finish and co-polymers. For this reason, Rieter now offers the option P 26 which significantly extends the time between the necessary cleaning operations.


New option for six robots

A new option is the application of six robots on the machine. This allows applications which imply a higher rate of ends down or quality cuts to be processed.


New option for soft yarns

The majority of air-jet yarns are later processed to knitted fabrics which require a softer touch. To this end, Rieter has developed technology components and setting parameters.


New option Q 10 A for air-jet spinning

Rieter has for many years successfully used the Q 10 A yarn clearer in rotor spinning. Now it has been further developed for air-jet spinning. Based on an accurate monitoring of yarn structure, hairiness and yarn diameter, it interprets not only the standard functions but also the yarn tenacity.


Options of the K 46 Compact Spinning Machine


New: 1824 spindles per machine With 1824 spinning positions, the K 46 Com4 compact spinning machine increases the production per square meter in the spinning mill. The Rieter system range enables optimal machine layout and process workflows from the fibre to the finished yarn, even with these long compact machines.


New quality package for better yarn quality Rieter now offers a quality package for the K 46 that leads to a significant improvement of the quality parameters CVm and IPI. It is an ideal supplement for spinning mills with high quality requirements.


New suction system ECOrized for long machines The energy consumption per kilogram of spun yarn from Rieter compacting system with suction drum today already lies far below that of apron systems. The new double-sided suction system ECOrized for long compact spinning machines now additionally reduces the energy consumption.


G 32 Ring Spinning Machine optimised 

The G 32 ring spinning machine is, like its big sister, the G 36 ring spinning machine, a guarantee for economically produced ring yarns. Now available is the revised G 32 ring spinning machine with a maximum length of 1824 spindles and with the innovative suction tube ECOrized. In addition, a quality package for improvement of the yarn quality, a flexible change between S and Z twist and a special package for the processing of Polyester is available. Best fit for this package is the new traveller STARLETplus from Bräcker. Moreover, Rieter has further improved the reliability of the machine.


Save energy - just retrofit

Also the G 32 ring spinning machine can now be retrofitted with the suction tube ECOrized. This also applies to the machines G 33, G 35, G 36. The conversion with the suction tube ECOrized permits sustainable energy and cost savings

New functions of the C 70 High-Performance Card

The C 70 high-performance card achieves excellent yarn quality at highest production rates for all yarn applications. Rieter controls the carding gap by means of precise flats guidance and with the working width of 1.5m achieves the largest active carding area on the market.


Innovations in the pre- and post-carding zone facilitate a very specific waste selection and thus an excellent raw material yield and sliver quality.


New package for the processing of synthetic fibres

The new, very easily removable web bridge in a special package for the processing of synthetic fibres allows trouble-free cleaning and an immediate restart of the card. 


The second function in the package is the unique chute control with air pressure, which simplifies the processing of synthetic fibres. This enables the C 70 card to

achieve high carding performance with synthetic fibres and as a result, good running properties in spinning.



The innovative flat cleaning unit EVObrush of the latest card generation can also be retrofitted on older models. Its clothing can be replaced without the use of tools, reliably keeps the wire clothing clean and improves sliver quality.


New E 36 /E 86 combing set

The new combing set achieves the greatest productivity on the market. It consists of a new combing preparation machine, E 36 OMEGAlap, which is able to feed six new E 86 combers. With 540 kg/h and therefore the supply of almost 25 000 ring spindles, the set reaches the highest production output on the market.


A new function simplifies setting and optimisation of the noil rate. This is made possible by the new FlexComb circular comb from Graf.


Rieter has the widest experience and the greatest range of solutions from simple to full automation in the combing sector. With automation, the customer can reduce the number of operators and simultaneously increase efficiency and yarn quality.


Comber conversions as alternative

For older generations of combers, Rieter offers conversion kits that improve the productivity and yarn quality and make a reduction of the noil rate possible. On the booth at the ITMA 2015, Rieter is demonstrating how quickly such a conversion can be realized and what economic advantages the customer can thus achieve.


New RSB-D 24 Double-head Autoleveller Draw Frame

All autoleveller draw frames from Rieter use the same dynamic autolevelling system for incomparable sliver uniformity, even at high delivery speeds of 1 100 m/min.


New ECOrized suction

The ECOrized suction system on the new RSB-D 24 double-head autoleveller draw frame lowers the energy consumption.


Older draw frame generations can also be retrofitted with the ECOrized suction system.


New sliver sensor

A sliver sensor, patent pending, makes a high quality in sliver coiling already possible from the first metres following a can change.


New level of convenience

The practical setting of suction and delivery speed on the display, as well as the option of individual maintenance of the two heads, increases the level of convenience for setting and operating the machine.


Together with the SB-D 22 double-head draw frame without leveling, a double-head line requires 50 % less space and therefore - compared with a line of single-head draw frames - also saves costs.

SPIDERweb Mill Control System - new functions for the spinning mill of the future


The Rieter SPIDERweb Mill Control System is the only system on the market which uniformly covers the entire spinning mill from fibre to yarn and for all four spinning technologies - not only for new machines but also for older generations. SPIDERweb serves economic decisions in the spinning mill. The system is configurable for individual requirements. It stores and monitors the quality and production of all Rieter spinning systems. Subsequent enhancements can be upgraded. This safeguards the investment in a modern spinning mill.


For the first time, Rieter is showing a mobile solution that not only provides an overview of the data of the spinning mill, but also offers a configurable alarm function. 


With six new modules respectively functions, SPIDERweb opens the door to an Internet-based, intelligent spinning mill control. The system offers the following advantages:

 permanently monitored sliver and yarn quality

 incorporated expertise

 optimal allocation of operating personnel

 support for systematic preventative maintenance

 fact-based and quick reaction to deviations

 increase in plant availability and productivity


SPIDERweb allows visitors to the exhibition stand at the ITMA an insight into the spinning mill of the future. 


Value-adding After Sales Services

Since the beginning of this year, Rieter has strengthened its after sales service offering by a third dedicated Business Group. The objective is to support customers over the entire product life cycle and to improve their long-term competitiveness. Rieter is presenting new After Sales service products at the ITMA.


Audits for comprehensive system analysis and improvement

The expert teams from Rieter After Sales offer spinning mill audits which identify feasible short-term opportunities for improvements and create measurable results for customers.


Comprehensive maintenance support

Globally located repair and maintenance centres enable customers to optimally maintain their machines. Thanks to the continuous training of personnel, Rieter offers the best possible support for the customers.


Textile technology from fibre to yarn

Rieter demonstrates know-how with thousands of various fabric samples which the teams from After Sales use to discuss the plans and objectives with the customers and seek solutions - always focusing on their needs, markets and opportunities.

Winterthur – Rieter creates value for customers by system competence, innovative solutions, excellent after sales service and global presence. To the key issues for the competitiveness of spinning mills, the company is offering value-adding innovations at the ITMA 2015. Internet usage for optimising the entire system, new machine generations for preparatory and end spinning as well as corresponding spare parts, after sales services and solutions for the optimal use of the spinning mill along the entire product life cycle will be shown.


Investment in Rieter systems and machines are extremely attractive. The complete range offered by Rieter enables the production of a consistent yarn quality with optimal cost effectiveness. Rieter systems and machines are durable and with Rieter retrofits remain competitive for a long time. However, Rieter offers even more.


Comprehensive know-how from fibre through yarn to the finished textile is the basis for innovation and ongoing optimisation in a spinning mill. Rieter supports customers from the initial investment discussions to the successful operation of their spinning mills and over the whole product life cycle. Alongside valuable systems and convincing technology, the company also offers the customer a supportive partnership. Rieter's innovations at the ITMA 2015 offer:

 high and above all consistent yarn quality,

 reduction of the manufacturing costs,

 increase in the raw material yield,

 decrease in the energy consumption,

 increased flexibility to respond to market changes.


All three business groups are showing their product and service innovations for complete systems, spinning preparation and end spinning process under their trademarks Rieter, Bräcker, Graf, Novibra and Süssen. Highlights are the extended SPIDERweb Mill Control System – an important step applying the „Internet of Things“ for optimising the spinning mill, the new E 36 / E 86 combing set, the new R 66 rotor spinning machine and the J 26 air-jet spinning machine with the Polyester option P 26. The Business Group After Sales is presenting innovative spare parts and conversions packages as well as after sales service offerings which maintain the competitiveness  of Rieter systems, reaching from technology support over maintenance audits and repair services to customer training. In addition Rieter After Sales offers end-to-end mill solutions leveraging on Rieter’s system supplier expertise.


Bräcker, Graf, Novibra and Süssen are presenting components for the manufacture of high quality yarns. These are for example represented by the STARLETplus traveller and the FlexComb circular comb.


For further information please contact: Rieter Management Ltd. Media Relations Mrs. Cornelia Schreier Head Corporate Communications T +41 52 208 70 32 F +41 52 208 70 60 E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


In this meeting, Mr. M.L. Jhunjhunwala, President, RSWM Ltd., was elected as Chairman of BTRA Governing Council and Mr. Narendra Dalmia, Managing Director, Strata India Ltd., was elected as Deputy Chairman of BTRA Governing Council. Mr. C.K. Thackersey, Executive Director, Hindoostan Spinning & Weaving Mills and Mr. Anil Gupta, Managing Director, Wellknown Polyester Ltd., were elected as members of BTRA Governing Council.



CEMATEX announces that Spain will host the 18th edition of ITMA, the world’s largest exhibition of textile and garment machinery technology. It will be held at the Fira de Barcelona exhibition centre from 20 to 26 June 2019.


Fira de Barcelona won the international bid organised by CEMATEX, the owner of the ITMA and ITMA ASIA shows, after fierce competition from three other short-listed bidders out of an original list of 9 venues.

ITMA was last held in Barcelona in 2011 where visitorship exceeded 100,000 from 138 countries.  90% of the visitors came from outside of Spain, and the international mix of visitors and buyers was very well received by exhibitors.

Mr Charles Beauduin, President of CEMATEX, stated “We are delighted to bring ITMA back to Barcelona.  The selection process took us 2 years and our investigations into all the 9 potential venues and their services were very detailed.  We enjoyed an extremely successful show in Barcelona in 2011 and our exhibitors and visitors were very impressed with the facilities and infrastructure on site.  We are looking forward to another great event there in 2019”.

Mr Agustin Cordon, CEO of Fira de Barcelona, added “We are delighted and honoured to have been selected once more to host the ITMA show, and our team is looking forward to welcoming exhibitors and visitors back to the city.  We gained a lot of experience from working on the 2011 show and are confident of achieving another very successful event”.

CEMATEX has appointed an official accommodation agency, B-network, to manage the hotel accommodation services for ITMA 2019, following on from its very professional and successful management of accommodation for the 2011 show.  An official website has already been set up ( offering very competitive rates in a wide range of hotels.

Preparations for this year’s ITMA in Milan (12 to 19 November) are continuing, with over 1,600 exhibitors from more than 40 countries taking part.  Expectations are that a trade visitorship of over 100,000 from more than 140 countries will participate. 

Further details are available at



The European Committee of Textile Machinery Manufacturers (CEMATEX) comprises national textile machinery associations from Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. It is the owner of ITMA and ITMA ASIA. Considered the ‘Olympics’ of textile machinery exhibitions, ITMA has a 64-year history of displaying the latest in machinery and software for every single work process of textile making. It is held every four years in Europe.







Mumbai,16th September 2015: India’s exports  declined in August 2015.  for the ninth straight month by 20.66% with overall exports reaching US$ 26.80 billion as compared to US$ 21.26 billion in August 2014, according to government data released on Tuesday.  

Exports of Cotton textiles in August 2015 also registered a negative growth of 7.39% as exports touched US$  863.18 million as against US$ 932.02 million in August 2014. “This continuing decline in exports of cotton textiles is a matter of deep disappointment and concern requiring urgent action from the Govt ”,said Shri R.K.Dalmia, Chairman of The Cotton Textiles Export Promotion Council ( TEXPROCIL).

Shri Dalmia pointed out that even though Indian Cotton textiles products were competitive in the world markets ,preferential access being given to some of our competing nations like , Bangladesh, Cambodia, Pakistan ,South Korea , Turkey and Vietnam by major importing countries like the EU besides discriminatory import duties on Indian textiles  in important markets like China and Canada  are severely affecting exports .  

To provide a level playing field , Shri Dalmia urged the Government  to fast track the conclusion of  FTAs with EU, Australia and Canada to remove trade barriers and gain market access to these leading countries.  The Chairman ,TEXPROCIL also urged the Govt to initiate dialogue with China and Turkey for reduction in the import duties imposed by these countries on Indian textiles. 


Besides, the Govt should consider the Industry’s demands  such as to include cotton textiles under the 3% Interest Rate Subvention Scheme , release of funds under the TUF Scheme, and recalibrating the product/country matrix under the newly introduced Merchandise Exports from India Scheme ( MEIS) scheme which have a direct bearing in improving India’s competitiveness in the short to medium term. This will provide the necessary stimulus to the falling exports of cotton textiles in the next 200 days , according to the Chairman ,TEXPROCIL .  




A Seminar on 'Career Opportunities in Textile, Fashion and the Apparel Sector' was held by the Department of Textile and Fashion Technology,NirmalaNiketan, College of Home Science on 8th August 2015.The students of the Masters Part II were actively involved in the organizing of the event. The objective was to help students choose their careers in the field of textiles and Apparel by gaining knowledge and first hand experience from experts. Participants were staff and students from other colleges of Maharashtra and Gujarat, a total of over 150 participants. It helped students get prepared for facing the outside world in advance. The seminar witnessed the coming together of experts in the field of Textiles and Apparel.

The seminar was inaugurated by all the Speakers, Principal Dr Geeta Ibrahim, Administrator Ms Patsy Khan and Head of Department Dr Ela Dedhia. Dr Geeta Ibrahim spoke about the various milestones achieved by the college, Dr Ela Dedhia welcomed the guests and introduced the theme of the seminar and Ms Patsy Khan felicitated the speakers.

The first speaker for the day,was Mr. Bhajekar, General Manager at “Herms Eco Laboratories”, an Engineer with a M.S. Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the “Ohio State University, USA”. He has been in the Textile Testing field since 1994, and an awardeeof the Bronze Medal by the SDC.MrBhajekarspoke onEnvironment, Quality, and Certifications - a key to the Textile & Apparel sector. He explained how the textile industry is growing where future generation can make their career in 3 ways; traditional, non-traditional and out of the box. He also explainedthat to stand in a crowd there is a need to have product, price, placement and quality. Quality control will be involved inExport houses / Buying Houses / Factories &Production Sites, Brands & Retailers, Chemical Companies, Testing Laboratories, Quality Management Systems Professional, Inspection, Audits & Certification, Consultation. He also mentioned about health and safety as an important part of quality.


Resource person Mrs. NidhiSomani, a Senior Buying and Merchandise Manager at Brainbees Solutions Pvt.Ltd Mumbai, an alumni of the College spoke on “E-Commerce”. She elaboratedon, e-Commerce – Anytime, Anything, Anywhere marketplace where selling takes place through electronic system, its 24 hours shop where people can buy anything from anywhere. Potential of E-Commerce, is that where people are spending Rs. 20-25 billion in 2015. In India use of E-com was 1.8 billion dollar while it increasedto 8.8 billion dollars. Now a days selling of products takes place in every 5 min (approx.). E-Commerce – Benefits from IT-because of development in IT, E-Commerce lead to worldwide development by creating a community, enabling economic opportunities for millions of people, to gain profit by spending few hours on internet. Benefits on Selling Online, - less cost required to establish new business, as there is no expense of place;  changes can be done easily; reaching potential customer is easy; results can be measured online itself. She also explained the transaction Process in E-Commerce, E-Commercepresent Trends in India, Future Trends in e-Commerce, and presented few Case Studies.

The next speaker was Mr. AniketSattam,who unveiled his Diffusion collection for fall / winter 2012 line at the Hong Kong fashion week. In 2010, he won the national level Talent search organized by SDC India. He has also been the finalist at the Indian project runway - LET'S DESIGN season 4, a design reality show. In August 2012, he presented at the much-covetedLakme fashion week in Generation next category.For two years, he headed a leading designer’s studio as the creative director and communication consultant. In fall of 2011, he launched his label ANIKET. He spoke to the students about "Fashion & Possibilities-Designing and beyond".He shared that it was possible to design for various categories such as Runway, Red Carpet, Regular, export, Bollywood (for appearance/ photo shoot / promotional) for Character/Realistic/ Period/ Fantasy, Hollywood, merchandising, Ethnic, Prime time styling (Real/Reality), Advertising styling, Catalogue styling from Surat to SanFransisco, Product styling, merchandising, buying house, export house, retail sector, category buyer, etc.. He also spoke about fashion as adigital artist, visual merchandizer,a Fashion writer, a trend analyst, a fashion illustrator or an accessory designer, E Commerce.

MrsNehaKarnani, CEO of Cisons Exports and an Alumnus of the College shared her experiences of the Export Sector. She spoke of the current challenges of the industry and current and future scope of the industry. She also highlighted on the knowledge, skills and attitude required in the export industry. She emphasized on the stability required in this industry and the disadvantages of job-hopping. She also prepared students with respect to the demands of quality and time of the apparel export sector. She said that the students have great abilities and this industry gives them a platform to showcase their hard and soft skills.

Ms Jigna Shah, Founder and publisher of the Journal Textile Value Chain spoke on careers in Media. She explainedMedia as the collective communication outlets or tools that are used to store and deliver information or data.The word media is one of the means or channels of general communication, information, or entertainment in society.Media she explained is divided in to 2 types - B2C: Business to Consumer (Real User), which gives Entertainment to the society, or shares information between Manufacture & consumer (End user). Examples she gave were Fashion Television, Radio, National/ Local News paper, Magazineseg. Femina, Elle, Directories- Online (Just dial), Offline(Yellow pages), Exhibitions, Outdoor Media (Hoarding), Social media like Facebook, twitter etc., Online Portal, Search Engine eg. Google, yahoo, bingetc. The second type she spoke on B2B: Business to Business (Trade Media) which gives general communication, information and knowledge sharing between Manufacture & Dealer/ trader. Examples she cited were newspaperseg. Tecoya Trend, textile excellence;Magazineseg.Textile Value Chain;Industry Directory eg.CITI directory;Industry Portal; B2B online portal;Trade exhibition eg.ITME- India for Machinery, Premier Vision- Paris for Fabric, etc.; Conferences / Seminars. She said that textile Industry is all aboutTextile (From Fiber, yarns, Fabrics/ Machinery), Apparel (Garments, shoes, accessories), Fashion / Lifestyle: Branded/ Unique/ designer Apparel category, Retail: Offline & Online,  Home Textiles (Furnishing, Bath, Bed linen, Technical textiles(Functional fabrics, medical textiles, Geo textiles, many more). She said that there were immense career opportunities in media            such as being a Content Writer, Journalist, Editor / Sub Editor, Copy writer, Graphic Designer, Photographer / Videographer, Sales: space selling, Entrepreneur / Self Employed business. In any other Industry, you work with only one company. She said that in media, you need to work with the whole industry, associations, government, colleges, many more and thus it gives a holistic picture of the industry. You get a chance to interact with the top management of the industry. It gives you an exposure to new people every day, learn new things every day. It gives you a wide variety of openings for communication. Any one who is a curious learner, would like to talk and meet people/experts, needs fame, name, money, is a detail oriented person, good at communication can join this industry.

Tejal Raj was the last speaker of the day, a senior weave designer of Wonder Weaves System and an alumnus of the college. She shared that CAD/CAM Technology is a cutting-edge tool (in software and/or hardware) catering to the various needs with respect to designing, production, marketing and presentation of designs/weaves of the textile industry as a whole. This state-of-the-art technology has been acclaimed all over the world by whoever has used it, be it a novice, an expert, a professional Designer, Exporter or Textile Institute, as The No Limit or The Ultimate solution for textile designing and manufacturing. Although a number of CAD/CAM Systems are commercially available today, but their core components/modules and functionalities are almost the same, covering a very vast application area from Dobby, Jacquard and Screen Printing Industries to Blanket, Carpet, Knitting Industries, Apparel industry and so on.The textile designs are the original works of the designers. CAD helps them to visualize and see their imaginative design in final form without producing any sample swatch. Designs for any Final Product can be visualized on 3 D products such as home furnishing, apparel etc.  She explained features of various software such as Dobby Master Software For Weaving, Colour Combination software For The Selected Design, Jacquard – Artwork Creationfor Complicated weaves such as Jacquard master software and Jacquard designing software, Colour Matching software, colour and trend forecast software, Print Master Software for print designing, carpet master software for hand knotted and hand tufted carpets, 3 D creator software for mesh making, 3 D Designer for draping designs, Software for producing Ad campaigns, Pattern drafting software, Pattern Making to Cutting Software, Custom Tailoring of garments by choosing ones own style and fabric, software connected to Sulzer looms/ jacquard looms, jacquard software for weaving portraits in a single click, software connected to circular knitting machines/to digital printing machine for fabric printing/ T-shirt/ computerized embroidery machine. CAD can also be used for E- Commerce of apparels / home furnishing / jewelry, virtual fashion shows. She said that one can access ones own designs from anywhere in the world.

All the speakers shared very valuable experiences to the participants.

The ‘Students Market’ was inaugurated by Mr.RahulBhajekar. The students sold clothes; hand made home products, jewelry and beauty products. They got very good response and it was a great learning experience for them.The same afternoon, two workshops were conducted –Smocking on cushions and Chalk Painting which was also enjoyed by all the participants.


Acknowledgements: MSc Part II students who wholeheartedly contributed to the success of the event.

Dr Ela Manoj Dedhia

Head Department of Textiles and Fashion Technology

College of Home Science NirmalaNiketan

Affiliated to the University of Mumbai


49 New Marine Lines, Matunga Mumbai.


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