The fashion and textile industry globally and in India is at a stage of extraordinary political, social, environmental, and economic change. The effects of these volatile changes result in an uncertain future of this domain. In lieu with this situation, the Fashion and Textile design programme at TDV follows a versatile curriculum that encompasses these two seemingly specialist fields into one by highlighting their inherent relationship and enabling students to look at this realm holistically.
The programme follows an integrated approach where students look at the domain in the larger context of India and the world. This helps to bring together the concepts and values of sustainability, environmental studies and living traditions. Beside this, the student understands the entire product cycle through – Making, Surfaces and Manifestation modules.
As their names indicate, the modules pans across the entire gamut of fashion and textiles right from understanding the cultural context of the production of yarn, weaving/knitting of fabric, employing various traditional and contemporary practices of surface techniques to the actual manifestation of textiles without being limited to just garments or lifestyle products. The curriculum helps in sensitizing students towards consumption and confronts them with the responsibility that has to be taken for this cause.
AREAS OF FOCUS
- Making – History and science of yarn, weaving and knitting, Industrial manufacturing production and processes.
- Surface – Techniques of dyeing, printing and surface appliqués
- Manifestation – Illustration, Pattern making, Draping and Construction of Garments and Lifestyle products
For constructing garments the students are introduced to the ergonomics of the human body and then learn to create patterns for garment construction. Many students go on to dye their own fabric before constructing into a garment. Students also take the initiative of doing photo shoots of their garments through collaboration with other students and silos.
Through 10 design projects, the students are encouraged to apply this learning and much more while working with real world problems and clients.