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Industry in a state of uncertainty as year comes to a close…

by Deepak Mohindra

05-December-2018  |  4 mins read

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As the year draws to a close, all eyes are on two major developments that will unfold in December – general elections and the pull-out of Accord  – after five years of monitoring compliance in Bangladesh. Both these momentous events are a matter of great discussion in the country.

While everyone hopes that the general elections, slated for 30th December, will go off peacefully, more so as it is a busy time for the industry, small skirmishes taking place between supporters and police are being reported off and on, creating an environment of dilemma.

We, as well-wishers, can only hope that the industry is not impacted by the process and also remains stable and growing post the elections. In response to the High Court verdict, asking the Accord to leave Bangladesh by November 30, the Accord has approached the Supreme Court for a stay order on the verdict, further hearing for which is expected on December 6.

In the run up to the exit of Accord from the country, the buyers’ platform has reportedly made clear its intentions to cut ties with around 532 garment factories for their allegedly poor progress in remediation.

This news has caused flutter among the industry and has cast a spell of uncertainty. Significantly many of these factories belong to industry leaders and office-bearers of BGMEA. Estimates put the amount spent by various industry players for the purpose of factory inspection and remediation between Taka 5 crore to Taka 30 crore, already.

How the exit will finally play out is being watched keenly by the industry, but it would certainly not be fair on the part of the industry if the Accord leaves without fulling its commitment to support the industry on its path towards safe manufacturing.

In the meanwhile, business as usual goes on, and Apparel Online continues to add more value for its readers. From this issue onwards, we begin a new series on shirt manufacturing, one of the key products in the export basket of the country.

Men’s shirt, be it formal or casual, probably remains the rare product to be least affected by fashion over last half a century. It is also one of the most standardised products worn in school as uniform and in board meetings as power dressing.

Manufacturing process of shirt is also a staple example in training institutes and considered as a basic qualification for a men’s tailor. Yet, the equipment and processes of shirt making still remain a topic of discussion due to continuous upgradation of machinery and manufacturing technique brought in by technology suppliers and  garment manufacturers.

Moreover, there are continuous efforts by brands to make men’s shirts a superior product in terms of performance and aesthetics like thermofused buttons, de-fusing of collars, taping of armholes and side seams to name  a few.

The new series of articles will delve into the functional style feature, pattern making for better comfort and fit, use of right interlinings and fusing technology for collar and cuff, the wrinkle-resistant technology for cotton shirts and different technology level for finishing of shirts. In the sewing area, we will cover pattern engineering for technically correct sewing, different technology levels for pocket attaching, and last but not the least, an autopsy of the stitchless shirt.