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How do you see the consumption of man-made fibres vis-a-vis natural pan out in the years ahead?
The consumption of man-made fibres has been on the rise internationally as well as in India. The ratio of the natural fibres consumption and man-made fibres consumption is now internationally poised at 50:50, whereas the same in India is slightly more in the favour of natural fibres. As the shortcomings of the synthetic fibres, chiefly their hydro-phobicity, moisture regain and the subsequent discomfort in apparel applications, are being overcome by the advances in technology, the synthetic or man-made fibres are gaining popularity for their cost benefits. Their superiority in the technical textile sector is already proven, and hence, the consumption of these fibres over natural fibres is imminent in the near future.
What new innovations can be expected from SASMIRA in 2015-16?
Major R&D is being carried out in the field of waterless dyeing; and also in product development for agricultural applications like solar fibres, for application in green house for energy generation, design and development of moisture managing bags, for transportation of perishable fruits and other horticultural produce, light-weight combat fabrics for defence, development of visible - near infra-red camouflage textile, etc.
Does SASMIRA look into traditional weaves with tech interventions to help them scale new heights?
The matter is subject to speculations as it has two aspects. One deals with the perseverance of the rich heritage of our country. The artisans of the country and their skills are still being applauded worldwide, and their goods fetch a decent price. However, the technical interventions in these traditional practices are welcome to the extent of easing the labour and increasing productivity, though in doing so it may lose its original charm and traditional sanctity.
What help does SASMIRA provide to new entrepreneurs in the textiles niche?
SASMIRA provides valuable hand-holding to new entrepreneurs in the textiles field, specifically the technical textiles sector. It has state-of-the-art facilities for incubation of product development, testing and certification, skill development, training and information dissemination. SASMIRA is also a key member for most of the technical textile standard development committees of BIS, including the chairperson of TX-35 committee for agro-textiles which is responsible for the development of standards for agro-textiles.
What is the kind of research that SASMIRA undertakes?
The major fields of research undertaken by SASMIRA are:
1. Technical textiles including agro-texiles,
2. Product development,
3. Technology development for decentralised sector,
4. Eco-friendly processes and waterless dyeing,
5. Energy conservation,
6. National security,
7. Instrument development,
9. Smart textiles,
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