Textile design refers to the designing of different patters/designs on fabrics. Designers work with a variety of textile materials, techniques and processes to come up with a range of products. The designs can be used on garments, home furnishings, automobile interiors, textile art and installations. It is important for a textile designer to be aware of textile traditions in India and in countries around the world.
With increasing population and purchasing power of the middle class population, the need for textile designers is on the rise. Most of the textile designing work for people all over the world is carried out in Asian countries, including India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Indonesia, China, and Japan.
“As India is one of the most important textile manufacturer countries in the world, there are many textile domains in our country. Designers can work in the textile export industry, handloom industry, crafts sector, with NGOs and industrial manufacturing industry, etc. Textile designers usually work with other types of designers, like fashion designers or interior designers in an attempt to create the perfect pattern,” says Aarti Srivastava, programme co-ordinator at the National Institute of Design.
This career gives one the opportunity to work with new materials, techniques, contemporary products and also to work with artisans etc. Working in a team as designer is only one tiny element in the entire chain of the textile industry. One can earn Rs 6 lakh per annum onwards depending on years of experience and level of creativity.
To pursue textile designing as a career, one needs to have a bachelor’s degree in designing. It is always advisable to do a master’s degree and find out more about the demands of the profession.