At the beginning of 2005, the Indian apparel Industry was staring at an immediate future where there would not be any more preferential treatment accorded to any country and the forces of the free market would decide where the business goes.

Today, at the beginning of 2006, all the Exporters in India are expanding capacities and investing in Technology and related solutions to be at par with their counterparts elsewhere in the world.

The Indian market never looked so bullish as it does today, February 2006. This was reflected in the overwhelming response to the recently concluded Exhibition in January 2006, at the NSIC Ground in Okhla, New Delhi, which was at the center of the action with a majority of the Exporters having set up their factories within 5 km radius of the venue. The exhibition covered about 22,000 Sq Mtr of space and attracted over 30,000 business visitors.

During the exhibition a lot of visitors showed an overwhelming interest in OptiTex software packages, especially the 3D draping solution and the specially developed Indian version of its software in Hindi Language.

During the show a special seminar was also organized by one of the leading apparel Magazines Apparel Online. The focus this time, was on showcasing the speed and the accuracy with which a CAD can be used to make the first patterns or base-sized patterns on the computer screen itself. This negates the need for the time consuming and often inaccurate process of digitizing or scanning the manually made patterns, before moving on to grading, as well as arriving at consumption.

The audience of the show consisted of technocrats from the Industry, as well as the professors and the final year students of Fashion technology from some of the leading educational Institutes in India. Mr. Saar Machtinger Managing Director of India Operations and Mr. Gurdeep Singh Manager Application support and Q.A. made the presentation. All the participating CAD Companies were presented a Spec sheet by the organizers and were asked to demonstrate their respective solutions and create the patterns for the same in front of the Audience explaining each step as they went along.

The Icing on the cake was the Final prototype. Using OptiTex 3D Runway Designer, the patterns were stitched together virtually in the software itself. The fabric used was chiffon and georgette and the garments were dresses which had a lot of frills and gathers. Dresses are predominantly tricky garments to put together, specially when we are dealing with high twist fabrics like georgettes and chiffons cut on the bias. The audience was shown how we can cut down the time taken for developing the first prototype Right First Time. (RFT) and correct all the fitting problems on the fly.

The result was a perfectly balanced physical garment stitched together on its first attempt. The same garment was then put on the models on whose body measurements they were initially developed. The similarity was there for everybody to see.

The exact physical Prototype was exactly as the virtual garment developed in OptiTex 3D Runway Designer.

About the Author:

Shalini Gupta is a Sr. Admin & HR Executive for OptiTex Fashion design software, which specializes in the development of innovative, easy-to-operate, 2-Dimensional and 3-Dimensional CAD/CAM Fashion Design software and works out of the India's office.



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