Catwalk comes to town with a bang

SCINTILLATING: Fashion parade by students of Fashion Technology, Bharathi College of Science and Management, in Thanjavur on Wednesday. Photo: M. Srinath  

G. Srinivasan

Trendsetting show by Fashion Technology students of Thanjavur " Students can also meet the demand for ordinary skilled labourers in Tirupur since these are the people becoming crorepathis"

THANJAVUR: Even as the world is abuzz with the two magic words Information Technology (IT) , Thanjavur was witness to a technology of another kind on Wednesday. It was a fashion show by students of Fashion Technology of Bharath College of Science and Management.

Fashion show at Thanjavur!? The event indicated the coming of age of this ancient temple town, once a capital of Chola kingdom. The show started with children wearing trendy dresses parading to the enthralment of the audience. S. Sivapunniyam, college principal, said there was a very good market for children's wear. About 5500 million pieces of children's garments were being produced in our country in a year. Of this, 1,500 million pieces worth Rs, 27,000 crore were exported, and 4,000 million pieces worth Rs. 73,000 crore sold in the domestic market. Children's garments accounted for 20 to 22 per cent of total garments production, and newborn wear eight per cent.

Coming back to the show, a parade of the Fashion technology students wearing trendy dresses designed by them followed the kids' show. With dazzling lights, accompanied by music et al, the show was organised to match the standards of those conducted in big cities.

Knitwear industry

R. Eswaramurthy, Managing Director, Tex India Exports, Tirupur, had some good news for the students. He said the knitwear industry in Tirupur was growing in leaps and bounds and has set a target of business worth Rs. 10,000 crore in two years time, from the Rs.7,000 crore now.

"There are good job opportunities for students of fashion technology. Presently, there is a shortage of skilled labour in Tirupur. Students can also meet that demand as ordinary skilled labourers are becoming crorepathis there."

G.S. Jeyapragasham, Principal, NIFT-TEA, Knit Wear Fashion Institute, Tirupur, said India accounted for only four per cent of the world garment export market while China accounted for 15 per cent. "The fashion industry is growing fast and there is a lot of scope for India to improve its garment exports."

Prof.N. Ganesan, college secretary, Punitha Ganesan, Treasurer, KNM Eductional Trust, R. Shanthi, Head of the Department, and Jerald Sudhakar, lecturer, participated.