Anu Handa



What is Textile Design?

When we look around, we can see a lot of textiles around us in the form of curtains, upholstery, clothing, bedsheets etc. Ever wondered how much effort went into creating them?

Textiles are generally made up of yarn or fibre. They can be woven, printed, knitted or embroidered, in order to be ready to reach the markets. The Textile Designer is required in the production of these textiles. They need to take a lot of decisions regarding the fibre type, yarn size or kind of dyes or pattern and the technology to be used. They are responsible for creating aesthetically pleasing textiles, while managing the production process. Textile Designers work with computer softwares for the production process, manage deadlines while keeping up to date with latest market trends and production techniques.

Now-a-days specialized protective textiles like bulletproof vests, gowns worn by nurses and doctors and sound absorption wall coverings used in theatres are also manufactured.

How to become a Textile Designer?

A four year degree course is the basic requirement to start a career in the field. After completion of their degree, students may intern with companies in the Textile business to have a better understanding of the industry. The sky is the limit for talented professionals, as the jobs in the field are extremely rewarding and fulfilling.

Textile Design Eligibility Criteria

To pursue a bachelor’s degree in Textile Design, a student should pass 10+2 as a qualifying examination from a recognized State or National Board of Education. Age limit, stream specification and minimum qualifying marks in 10+2, can be other criteria’s of eligibility, which may vary among colleges. Some colleges have also introduced seats for NRI quota, for which the qualifying criteria varies.

Entrance Exams for Textile Design

All popular colleges conduct entrance exams in order to offer admissions to aspiring candidates. Some of the top Entrance Exams for Design are conducted by NID, NIFT and CEPT.

Textile Design Course Curriculum

  • Surface & Structure in Textile
  • Design Research
  • Professional Practice
  • Weaving & Knitting
  • Printing
  • Embroidery
  • Softwares for Motif Development
  • Woven Design & dyeing
  • Quality Analysis
  • Traditional Textiles & Crafts
  • Fabric Development
  • Research & Innovation
  • Material Exploration
  • Design Economics

Textile Design Specializations:

  • Textile Illustrator
  • Pattern Designer
  • Design Consultant
  • Textile Developer
  • Surface Developer
  • Forecaster

Careers in Textile Industry

  • Export Houses
  • Mills
  • Design Studios
  • Handloom Co-operatives
  • Home Retail Brands
  • Forecasters
  • Merchandisers
  • Buyers
  • Stylists

About the Author: Anu Handa is an Interior Designer, DIY Artist, Co-Founder and Educator at Mosaic Institute of Design. She has been the lead blogpost writer at since 2009. Her educational background in Interior Design, Urban Planning and the English Language has given her a broad base to cover a range of topics in her articles. Anu has spent 15+ years training Design & B.Arch Aspirants for entrance exams.

Passionate about Design Education, she’s briefly worked with Annamalai University as a paper setter for Design Exams. Likes to write about Design, Architecture and related fields, on online platforms like Quora. Aims at challenging the conventional & age old teaching methodology