How to sew your next garment, the experts say

Fashion designers in the US and Europe have been using plastic-free technology to craft garments since the mid-2000s, but the process is still not widely adopted in India.

In a new study, the International Fashion Council (IFC) has said that the process of stitching garments has become more advanced in India since it adopted plastic-fibre garments.

According to the research, only around 7 per cent of garment-makers in India are using plastic, whereas in the United States and Europe, the number is around 50 per cent.

The institute, in its annual report, said that in India, 70 per cent garments are made from plastic.

The process, however, is not popular because of the costs involved, and there are no certified manufacturers or certification agencies, the IFC said.

“The process of making garments from plastic has become less common in India in the last decade, as it has become increasingly difficult to produce quality garments using plastic,” the report said.

“However, as the country becomes more affluent, the demand for the garment is rising, and manufacturers have begun to produce garments from recycled material.

Therefore, the Indian textile industry is poised to continue to grow.”

A garment sewing machine at a workshop in the Indian city of New Delhi.

Source: IFC (File)The IFC report said that although the textile industry in India had witnessed a rapid growth in the past decade, there is a lack of awareness about the process.

It said that there is no official certification system for the process, and it is not possible to find certified factories that have undergone the process and meet the standards set by the government.

“This makes it difficult for garment makers to market their products and create a business in India,” the IFFC said.