is important to maintain a level of quality for every industry or business to
get increased sales and better name amongst consumers and fellow companies.
Especially for the business engaged in export business has to sustain a high
level of quality to ensure better business globally. Companies who are into
export business hold the prestige of the country, and due to this generally
quality control standards for export are set strictly. It becomes mandatory to
have good quality control of their products as export houses earn foreign
exchange for the country. In the garment industry quality control is practiced
right from the initial stage of sourcing raw materials to the stage of final
finished garment. In this industry, product quality is calculated in terms of
quality and standard of fibres, fabric construction, yarn, surface designs,
color fastness and the final finished garment products. The quality
expectations for export are related to the type of customer segments and the
are a number of factors on which quality fitness of garment industry is based
such as - performance, durability, reliability, visual and perceived quality of
the garment. The national regulatory quality certification and international
quality programmes like ISO 9000 series lay down the broad quality parameters
based on which companies maintain the export quality in the garment and apparel
industry. Quality needs to be defined in terms of a particular frame work of
cost. Here some of main fabric properties that are taken into consideration for
garment manufacturing for export basis:
look of the garment.
formation of the garment.
and fall of the garment.
fastness of the garment.
produced garments presentation.
are certain problems that could be faced by garment manufacturers when sourcing
for certain fabrics. Therefore, prevention should be taken for it beforehand to
minimize the problems. The apparel exporters source cotton fabrics mainly from powerlooms,
mills and handloom sectors. Each of these sectors presents their own unique set
of problems to the garment exporters. Some set of problems like missing ends
and picks, color variation, unreliable supplies and irregular weaves might be
present while sourcing cotton from the handloom sectors. But the handloom
sector is significant source of heavier cotton. Broken ends and reed marks,
difference in width, thick and thin places and massive variation in costing are
the common problems faced in powerloom cotton sourcing. The major problem in
mill made fabric sourcing is to meet huge demands from the mills. The orders
for fabrics have to be made well in advance and the long time taken for
producing the fabric is a matter of concern for apparel exporters. Generally
the mills hesitate to take small orders which pose a problem for small scale