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What Textile Designers Need To Excel In Their Career

What Textile Designers Need To Excel In Their Career

Textile Designing deals with one of our very basic necessities- clothes. Textile Designers are responsible for the innumerable types of cloth available today. It is because of their expertise that we are able to choose the kind of material that we want to wear to the material that drapes our home interiors. These professionals need to have sound technical knowledge of fabric manufacturing, yarn preparation, textile dyeing and bleaching, textile construction methods, and all the basics of fibre, warp, weft, etc.

Textile design courses are structured with curricula that impart both theoretical and practical knowledge needed to coordinate different facets of textile manufacturing with market demands and fashion trends.

Like every other profession, textile designers also require a specific set of skills and knowledge to excel in their career. Let’s explore what they are.

Skillset needed for textile designers


This term sums up an entire list of skills that are almost deemed mandatory for anyone in the field of textile and fashion. The list includes:

  • Drawing skills.
  • Artistic sense.
  • Aesthetics.
  • Colour coordination.
  • Sewing.
  • Embroidery.
  • An eye for details.
  • Understanding of shape and form.
  • Knowledge of concept boards.
  • Colour palettes.

The textile industry requires people who think “out of the box” and bring fresh ideas to the table. The courses are also designed in such a way that even students with rudimentary creativity skills end up improvising their creative streak, for they will know that it is a basic requirement to survive in this highly competitive environment.

Also Read: What It Means To Be A Successful Textile Designer

Awareness of the textile basics.

A sound knowledge of colour, textures, patterns, variations in weave, finishing methods, textile properties, flammability and durability of materials, printing, dyeing, embellishment techniques, and marketing strategies are absolutely vital to gain a foothold in the industry. Without this knowledge, one cannot hope to find a job in the textile industry.

Technical knowledge

Textile designers must know how to infuse life into their ideas by using technical tools such as:

  • CAD software programs.
  • Knowledge of Pro-Weave.
  • 3D Mapping.
  • Photoshop.
  • Mac OS.
  • Windows OS.
  • Adobe Illustrator.

Communication skills.

Textile designers rarely work alone. They are always surrounded by a team, which is why communication skills are crucial to discuss, understand, and interpret the needs of his/ her clients. They must know how to coordinate with graphic designers, textile engineers, project managers, artists, and apparel designers. Communication skills also include professionalism in conveying ideas, work delegation to team members, and precise deliverance of concepts to clients.

Industry expertise

Knowledge of the entire fabric design process is a must-have for textile designers, for it is the very basic criteria for their profession. Industry expertise includes:

  • Manufacturing of textiles.
  • Procurement of raw materials.
  • Yarn preparation.
  • Analysis of materials.
  • Printing and dyeing.
  • Painting techniques.
  • Traditional dyeing techniques like tie and dye, batik, kalamkari, screen printing, stenciling, transfer printing, and block printing.
  • Application of colour theory.
  • Knowledge of luminosity and colour spectrum.
  • Fabric cutting, sewing, weaving techniques.
  • Analysis and interpretation of materials.


Branding has three main goals: To create brand awareness, brand equity, and brand loyalty. Personal branding leverages a textile designer as a marketable entity and highlights the designer’s talents, achievements, and potential to the bigger customers in the industry. Textile designers can harness more than half a dozen elements to build their brand:

  • Brochures.
  • Business cards.
  • Printed material.
  • Websites.
  • Social media platforms.
  • Entrepreneurship programs.
  • Print and social media advertising.

Contacts and connections.

Success does not come by flying solo. Every textile designer needs skills to build a potential list of contacts and right connections with people related to the industry. Having a good rapport with industry-related experts, vendors, suppliers, clients, etc makes a world of a difference because it helps to create a strong network of connections. Many prominent textile organizations have networking and referral possibilities. But the best place to start building connections is right from college, when they are textile design students.

DOT School of Design: Chennai’s best institute for textile design courses

DOT offers a two year diploma course in Textile Design, which is a perfect choice for students who require exposure to the global textile and fashion industry. We are a design institute that also imparts education on the basics of design, techniques, and mediums.

Want to build a flourishing career in Textile Design? Enrol in our course today! To discuss the application process, call us @ +91 95000 12166.

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