The 6th edition of TANTU seminar was successfully held at the India International Center, Delhi (India) recently. The seminar revolved around the technical challenges faced during shirt making with panellists discussing about the solutions. The seminar witnessed presence of apparel industry experts from all across the world.
Dr. Prabir Jana, President, TANTU and seminar Chairman opened the session briefing about the low productivity of shirt manufacturers in India pressing that though the quality of Indian branded Men’s shirts was not something that could be termed as ‘bad’.
The first panel discussion, themed ‘The art of shirt making’, marked presence of Abhishek Tiwary, Technical Consultant, Hugo Boss, Switzerland; Sajed Seraj, Deputy Managing Director, Elite Garments, Bangladesh; Kushal Singh Mahal, Group Manager, Technical, Aditya Birla Fashion Retail Limited, India; Raveendra Radhakrishna, Head Industrial Engineering, PT Ungaran Sari Garments, Indonesia; and Jagadish BE, Head of Operations, Arvind Exports, India.
The discussion was moderated by Prabir Jana and the informative discussion covered the topics such as type of back pleat, sleeve pleat and its position, buttonhole and collar band in the manufacturing of shirt. All the panellists agreed that the whole purpose of the pleat in shirt is to give room for body parts movement as well as to make a shirt look good aesthetically.
After the first panel discussion, renowned technology suppliers demonstrated about how they assist the apparel industry through their innovations and cost-effective solutions. The presentations were given by Kamaljit Singh, Business Development Manager, Freudenberg, India; Laszlo Szabo, Managing Director, DataS, Romania; and Anshuman Dash, Marketing Director, SAKHO – Martin Group, India.
The second panel discussion revolved around the theme: the technology of shirt making, which carried the fusing and interlining aspect in the process. While talking about the interlining in the shirt front placket, it was observed that in the front placket of shirt, there should be no interlining. Even if there is one, it requires more fabric consumption and the placket width should be around 2.5 to 3 cm in a normal shirt and 4 or 4.2 cm in shirts with 40 plus sizes.
The panellists in the second discussion were: Efren Pineda, Head of Technical & Quality, Laguna Clothing, India; Didit Handoyo, Head Quality Assurance, PT Ungaran Sari Garments, Indonesia; Gurucharan Kaur, Head of Technology, Marks & Spencers, India; and Prashanth TS, Head- IE/ Process Improvement & QMS, Arvind Exports, India.
Followed by the discussion were the presentations by Ram Sareen, Founder, Tukatech, USA; and Sri Ramaswamy, Regional Manager, Veit Hong Kong Limited, India. Ram emphasized on the ‘fit’ issue in shirts and explained how 3D technology could rectify this problem. On the other hand, Sri demonstrated the key role of fusing in shirt.
Last but not the least, the seminar witnessed a quite interactive panel discussion on ‘the business of shirt making’ moderated by Ila Saxena, Editor, Apparel Resources. The panellists included Pallab Banerjee, Pro Bono Strategic Advisor, Pearl Global, India; Gaurav Kumar, Director Marketing, Aquarelle, India; Mridul Dasgupta, General Manager, Macy’s Merchandising Group, India; and Roopak Malik, Director, Textile Sourcing Limited, India. Every panellist agreed on the point that India’s strength lied in high-end shirts and it should keep focusing on producing value-added shirts else the country could lose more market in the near future.