The Textile study course is designed to give a comprehensive overview of textile fibres, their production, types, characteristics, spinning into yarns, designing, formation of fabrics of different types through weaving and other methods of fabric construction, care of fabrics etc. Textile study is very valuable course that deals with the manufacture and spinning of the man-made and synthetic fibres in different ways to suit the end use of the yarn finally produced. It provides description of fabrics available in the market for consumer identification. Explanation about various methods of fabric construction widen the knowledge of students. The designing process for production of woven and printed designs is captivating. Textile dyeing and printing part of the subject is very fascinating and the students may develop interest in this field to take up self-employment. Detailed description of the maintenance of the garments made of different fibre types is vital to the consumers of textiles.
The modules of this course provide understanding of the following aspects:
Textile study course is of 15 weeks duration with 5 credits and possess 60 modules with practical video, text, practical illustrations, other learning material, exciting and thought-provoking assignments and self-assessment. The weekly schedules in sequence are provided to make it easy for the student to acquire the knowledge. Students are inspired to put the knowledge into practice from the previous weeks and prepare a presentation of their work as a basic collection portfolio in the form of assignments.
Rationale for developing this Course
The textile markets are flooded with many varieties of fabrics. It is difficult for the consumer to differentiate one fabric from the other as sometimes the fabrics look alike but differ in price. When worn as apparel, some fabrics give comfort and others create discomfort. Some fabrics are durable and the others may become unsightly in few washes. Now a days the fabrics are given many functional finishes that broaden its use for many applications. Number of counterfeit textiles that look like pure silk or genuine wool or 100% cotton are abundantly available in the market making more confusion to the consumer.
To understand a fabric, one needs to have knowledge of fibres from which the fabrics are made, their properties, suitability to intended endues, etc. Textile study helps the consumers to distinguish quality in fabrics and provide capability in taking intelligent decisions while buying and comprehend the ideas of what to buy and how to buy.
Therefore, the knowledge of textiles is imperative to all categories of consumers, students, especially personnel in the apparel and textile industries, entrepreneurs and so on.
Objectives and learning outcomes of the course
Dr. Anne Sarada Devi is the former Dean of Home Science from Acharya N G Ranga Agricultural University (ANGRAU) and presently working as the ICAR Emeritus Scientist at the College of Home Science, Hyderabad and also serving as an Honorary Member of the All India Handloom Board, Govt of India. She is an outstanding academician and was a rank holder from the University of Madras in Masters in Home Science. She was conferred Ph.D from the Anna University, Chennai. She has contributed to the quality and the growth of ANGRAU with 35 years of service in teaching, research and extension including 11 years of senior level managerial stint and national technical coordinator for Home Science – Textiles & Clothing under ICAR for a plan period. She has also served as Member, Board of Management, ANGRAU from 2008-2011. The following are some glimpses of her contributions to research and special honours she held.