Design for the masses. Explore textile designing
In this section, we will talk about careers which aren’t much sought-after but are worth pursuing. Our focus, this time, is on Textile Designer.
CAREER FOCUS: Textile Designer
What does a textile designer do?
Textile design involves creating designs for knitted, woven or printed fabrics. A textile designer is responsible for the production of these designs.
- Vivid imagination/ creative bent of mind
- Passion for textiles
- Good colour sense
- Flair for drawing
It is a highly competitive field. In order to succeed, one must always be up-to-date with the latest products. Also, work may involve exposure to dyes or chemicals.
Despite being one of the oldest industries in Indian economy, India’s textiles sector is one of the largest contributors to the country’s exports with approximately 11 per cent of total exports. Its market size is expected to reach USD 223 billion by 2021. Hence, employment opportunities are brilliant in this sector.
You can work with labs producing functional textiles; or join large textile manufacturers where you would be responsible for creating different designs and prints for mass production; or become a teacher. If you have resources, you can also start your own brand.
Where to study?
- National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) Delhi
- Vogue Institute of Fashion Technology, Bengaluru, Karnataka
- National Institute of Design (NID), Ahmedabad, Gujarat
- Textile and Engineering Institute, Itkhori, Jharkhand
- UP Textile Technology Institute, Kanpur, UP
- The Technological Institute of Textile & Sciences, Bhiwani, Haryana
- Government college of Engineering and Textile Technology, Berhampore, West Bengal