Close to seven lakh workers contribute towards the Tiruppur knitting industry, said Vijaykumar at the inaugural function of a national conference on ‘Emerging Strategies in Green Textiles and Sustainable Fashion’. The two-day conference was organised by the Alagappa Institute of Skill Development, with the financial support of the University Grants Commission, New Delhi.
Artificial dyeing colours are causing environmental pollution and it is imperative to adopt strategies for using eco-dyeing technologies. The use of eco-friendly products like eco-fabrics is one aspect of eco green living, said Dr A Sharda Devi Emeritus Scientist (ICAR), College of Home Science, Agricultural University, Hyderabad in her keynote address.
“The Alagappa Institute of Skill Development has produced more number of employable students in a short span of time by offering flexible skill oriented programmes to suit the needs of the learners and to cater to the needs of industries,” said Prof. S. Subbiah, vice chancellor, Alagappa University, who was presiding over the conference.
Subbiah also said that about 100 years ago, the European countries were the monopolies in the textile industry, but the Asian countries have taken over with 50 per cent of the global production happening in India, China, Bangladesh, Vietnam and Indonesia.
The textile industry of India is a major contributor to the national economy and directly employs over 45 million people. It is the second largest employment provider after India’s agriculture sector.
He added that the conference has assumed added importance in the present context of ‘back-to-nature’ and eco-friendly production of clothes and he hoped that the participants would discuss the strategies for manufacturing natural and organic clothing which is free from herbicides and pesticides. (KD)
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