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DESIGNS OF THE DAY: Students looking at the exhibits in an exhibition in Tuticorin on Tuesday. Photo N. Rajesh
DESIGNS OF THE DAY: Students looking at the exhibits in an exhibition in Tuticorin on Tuesday. Photo N. Rajesh

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Development of `technical textiles' highlighted at a State-level seminar

Tuticorin: A state-level seminar on `Developmental scenario in fashion and venture', organised by the Holy Cross Home Science College to sensitise the students about fashion and its demands, was held here on Tuesday.

In her technical address, Sheela John, head, Department of Costume Design and Fashion, Bishop Appasamy College of Arts and Science, Coimbatore, said employment opportunities for fashion designers were constantly on the rise ever since the global import quotas were phased out from January 1, 2005.

"The exports of textile products from our country was projected to touch $ 20 billion in 2010, a steep rise from the present $13 billion per annum," she said.

In this scenario, enormous opportunities were in the offing for fashion designers, who possessed calibre to give value-addition products through innovative designs.

"Value-addition is the buzzword in the post-quota era, for the exporters to penetrate the niche market segments abroad," she said.

V. Subramaniam, guest faculty, National Institute of Fashion Technology, Chennai, explained the development of `technical textiles' like geo textiles, medical textiles and geo membranes, during the last few years.

He said the technical textiles had found its place in defence applications too to make fabrics for parachutes, high altitude uniforms and fire entry suits.

In the medical segment, technical textile offers large scope in the post surgical care to avoid bacterial infections.

He said that protective textiles, another significant component of technical textiles, was used to make wears that could protect the harmful ultra violet radiations. Mary Hilda, principal of the college, spoke. An exhibition of technical textiles, along with the garments designed by the undergraduates in fashion design, was held at the venue.

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