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Careers in Textiles

A career in Textiles is not simply restricted to stitching and designing. You could window dress a designer boutique, liaison between an overseas buyer and an Indian seller, be a Quality Control Officer etc. Try these textile related careers on for size.

A merchandiser is one who co-ordinates between the buyer and the seller of textiles, especially where exports are concerned. He/ she must facilitate between the buyer and the seller, for this the pay is good but strict deadlines must be met. A merchandiser must not only have knowledge of textiles but also good communication skills. There’s a good chance of going overseas on business trips.

Visual Merchandiser (VM)
Ever wondered who puts up the mannequins and the catchy theme displays at large department stores like Shoppers Stop, Sheetal etc. Well, that’s exactly what a Visual Merchandiser must do. If you have a keen aesthetic sense and are good with decorations then you would be well suited for this job and can make window shopping more interesting to shoppers.

At present however the scope for a VM is quite low in India, but with the opening up of boutiques and branded shops there is hope for growth. Pay scale depends on daily or contract basis.

Quality Control
The textile exports market is very large and growing steadily, there is much demand for QC officers. One must have technical knowledge about raw materials, processes and processing’s given to fabrics and also the characteristics of each. The sophisticated testing machines make the job simple but the results of the tests have to be accurate or else you could get sued! Pay scales start at Rs. 3000 and a Diploma in Quality control and testing is essential. (check out Sasmira Institute, Worli for details).

Computer Aided Designing (CAD)
A student with a certificate or Diploma in Computerized -Garment Export Mgmt. finds easy placements and draws salary from Rs 3000 onwards. Here the manual process of pattern drafting, designing and cutting is all computerized and mechanized. Knowledge of the machinery and how to handle it is essential.

Textile Designing
We finally come down to the designing of the fabric by either weaving, knitting, dyeing, printing, or painting. With the introduction of Computer Aided Designing (CAD), the selection and designing of weaves with different color patterns has become easy and enjoyable. Dyeing of fabrics constitutes another branch of textile designing. Printing is also designing of fabric using different colors, with a wide variety of vibrant prints possible. A diploma in textile designing is essential along with creativity and originality on your part. Courses offered at: Nirmala Niketan & SNDT. Ironically most textile designing jobs are at factories where they don’t prefer to employ women. But like many other fields, things are changing. As you can see the career avenues available in the field of textiles is quite vast and there is much to choose from.

So, Happy Weaving your career!!

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