Since clothing and home furnishings make up a major portion of the family budget, knowledge of textiles is as appropriate for consumers who wish to purchase wisely as it is for those whose career interests lie in textiles. The marketers of textile fibers, fabrics, and finished goods must all be familiar with the manufacturing methods, construction, and finishing techniques which affect the performance of textile products.

The objective of this course is to understand the raw materials - fibers, fiber source and properties. The conversion of fiber into yarn, yarn spinning processes conversion of yarn for fabric developments (like woven, knit and other forms of fabrics). At the end of the course the students shall be able to understand integration of fiber, yarn and various forms of fabrics and will be able to integrate fabric properties, characteristics, performances and behavior according to various end uses for Apparel and Home furnishing products.

Part B: Vocational Skills (50 Marks)

Unit-1: Overview of Textile Industries and Textile Fibers (15 Marks)

  • The major Textile Production Segments in India.
  • Sources of Fabrics.
  • Classification of Textile Fibers according to origin and chemical composition; Essential Properties and Performances of Textile Materials like Aesthetic, Durability, Comfort, Safety, Care and Maintenance Properties.
  • Properties of Cotton, Flax, Hemp and Jute.
  • Properties of Silk, Wool, Mohair and other Natural Fibers.
  • Properties of Viscose Rayon, Loyocel and Acetate.
  • Properties of Polyester, Nylon, Acrylic and Spandex.

Unit-2: Textile Spinning and Yarn (7 Marks)

  • Classification of Yarns; Spun Yarn Production Process, Carded and Combed Yarns; Woollen and Worsted Yarns; Mono Filament and Multi Filament Yarns.
  • Yarn Numbering Systems - Cotton Count, Metric Count, Denier, Tex and Deci-Tex. Single and Plied Yarns; Yarn Twist, Amount of Twist and Direction of Twist.
  • Textured Yarns - Core Spun Yarn; Novelty and Fancy Yarns, Blended Yarns, Sewing Threads.

Unit-3: Textile Weaving and Woven Fabrics (6 Marks)

  • Preparatory to weaving, including High speed machines for Winding, Warping, Sizing, Beaming and Weft Winding.
  • The Loom, types of Looms, classification and selvedge formations.
  • Basic motions of the loom, including the application of Dobby and Jacquards. Non-automatic loom, Automatic loom, Shuttle less weaving machines, Terry looms and Drop box loom.
  • Introduction to basic weaves; plain, basket, rib, twill, satin, sateen, dobby, jacquard, crepe, pique, seer sucker, terry, velvet and velveteen.

Unit-4: Other Forms of Textiles (22 Marks)

  • Difference between Woven and Knitted fabrics.
  • General knitting terms : types of knitting machines, circular and flat machines.
  • Types of Knitting Stitches.
  • Properties of Weft Knitted Fabrics, Jersey, Rib, Purl and Interlock.
  • Comparison and properties of Warp Knitted Fabrics.
  • Non-Woven Fabrics - Methods and Materials to Manufacture Non-Woven Fabrics, Felt, Embroidery, Tufted Fabrics, Braids and other Narrow Fabrics.