An exhibit was presented by our students pursuing Diploma in Fashion Design (november 2021) on the work that they learnt during their Textile Appreciation, Fabric Manipulation and Surface Ornamentation’. Their explicit work struck their audience with aspiration to bring their creativity to the table and showcase their work as well. Every student not only presented their work, but took the initiative to explain the various techniques and inspiration that was taken into account when working on the displayed projects. In this exhibit, the students were given support by their module mentors, Ms. Poongkodi Raja and Neha Dubey. These modules are an integral part of the course.
These two modules work hand in hand when it comes to learning the art of Fashion Design. Let’s first understand what these modules or subjects are exactly about and how they have helped our Jediiians showcase their creativity:
We are all aware of the crucial role that textile plays in the field of Fashion Designing. When working with textiles, it is important to not only understand the texture, but also which textile is best suited for the end use of the product, which is what textile appreciation also comprises.
Textile appreciation focuses on learning and testing the fabrics or textile materials in order to estimate its final use. When testing textile for Fashion, it is mainly tested to understand the strength and capacity of the fabric to observe dyes, if the fabric is incapable of observing the dye then what preparation process is to be followed in order to make the fabric or textile capable of observing dyes to an extent.
In the module of Textile Appreciation, students of Diploma in Fashion Design were taught all the aspects involved in creating a fabric design with the help of various natural and synthetic dyes. From learning the textile details to understanding the various chemical treatments that are to be given to a certain piece of fabric was displayed at the exhibit. The students mainly focused on the various dyeing techniques, such as tie and dye, batik, bale and so on.
Dyeing fabrics is always a fun task that does not only involve chemical compositions, but also for one’s creative juices to flow far and wide to experiment with various techniques in dyeing. They took it up a notch and clubbed their textile appreciation module with the fabric manipulation module.
Manipulation of fabric, similar to dyeing of fabric, is done based on various factors that affect the flow of the fabric, the stiffness of the fabric and so on. In the module – ‘Fabric Manipulation’ – our students learn the different pleats and folds that can be used in a garment for both functional and styling purposes. When it comes to the designing of garments, most people are attracted by the styling features in the garment, as well as the functionality of this style. However, fabric is not manipulated only for garments but is also used to create an accessory that compliments the attire, such as a belt, a bow, and so on.
Utilizing the knowledge that was imparted in them by their mentors, jediiians clubbed another module which is the ‘Surface Ornamentation’, and created attires that took their audience by awe. While many would drape a saree and stylise it with a few ready made accessories, our students also designed and made their own accessories for every style that was draped by them as a part of their module.
Many of us have heard of the term – ‘Surface Ornamentation’ – to be embroidery alone. However, surface ornamentation involves the various methods and techniques used on fabrics to create a texture or design that accentuates the final product that it is to be made into. In the surface ornamentation module, the students worked on embroidery on garments as well as accessories, fabric painting and ornamenting saree pallus. They used various methods of embroidery to create various styles and accentuate their drapes. Some of our students also embellished cuffs of a shirt to add a bit of styling finesse to the overall attire.
Students also extra interest and stylized their shoes by painting them which was also displayed at the exhibit. Along with the mannequin displays, the students also presented swatches and the proces books where they had made their sample patterns of embroidery, fabric painting and surface embellishments.
A student’s success marks the success and achievement of their mentor. At JD Institute, every mentor finds pride in every student’s individual efforts. It is the aim and ultimate goal of every mentor to make sure that the students true potential is bought out in the best ways possible. This exhibit would not have been possible without Ms. Neha Dubey (module mentor for textile appreciation) and Ms. Poongkodi Raja (module mentor for fabric manipulation and surface ornamentation), who showed constant support and encouragement for our students to learn and explore their interests in their modules. Jediiians of Diploma in Fashion Design November 2021, have done an explicit job at their exhibit and we look forward to more.