The clothing industry has always been characterized by change and variety, but never so much as today. Until recent times, changes in styles of dress were very gradual and a popular fashion could have a very long life, at the same time, the variety and types of clothing produced were limited by the life-styles and conventions of the day.

During the past three decades or so this situation has undergone a complete turn around and now the reverse is true. Today fashion changes are dramatic and frequent and they are coupled to an unending variety of clothes for every occasion and activity. As a result the clothing pr0ducer has to reconcile the conflicting requirements of the market and of his manufacturing facilities in order to stay in business.

The key to optimizing this conflict of interest's lies in the ability of management to maximize the productivity and to decrease response time. This can only be achieved by increasing the effectiveness of the operational performance levels of every department with updated technologies within the company.

For solving all the present problems there has been advancements made in the field of garment manufacturing. One vital example being the integrated use of CAD in garment making from designing to production process. A CAD system enables to create design ideas quickly & easily.

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This article was originally published in the Textile review magazine, August, 2012, published by Saket Projects Limited, Ahmedabad.

About the Author:

Tanveer Malik & Shivendra Parmar are Faculties at the Department of Textile Technology at the Shri Vaishnav Institute of Technology and Science.