The recently organized second edition of Tirupur Fashion Week (TFW), conceptualized with a vision to create a robust platform for the domestic manufacturers and designers to experiment, innovate and showcase its designing capabilities to buyers and retailers in India and abroad, showcased the season’s most exclusive knitwear collections in traditional, bridal and designer wear segment.
“It was my dream to see a knitwear saree used at par with Kanchipuram silk saree,” says Boopathy Vijay, Founder, BooManZ and the organizer of the event. The aim of the event is to urge the industry to innovate in terms of fabric, design and style and in the years to come, would focus on the same while supporting manufacturers to showcase their collections to exporters, buyers and retailers through buyer-seller-meet and fashion shows.
While the industries usage of knits is restricted only to innerwear and T-shirts, TFW displayed 70 collections including traditional, bridal and designer wear for men, women and kids and designers accompanied their creations with equally innovative accessories such as neck wear, head gears, hand bags and footwear with the right mix of Indian and western silhouettes.
This year, TFW provided a platform for new varieties of knit fabrics such as bamboo, banana, silk, linen, viscose, lycra, etc. and new types of finishes like chocolate, aloe vera, peach and the grinding effect. Although the cost of production for individual garments were high, but with mass production these products could be sold at affordable pricing.
In comparison to the first edition, which was based on the inspiration from landmark temples of South India, the second boasted of collections based on the theme of ‘Art and Culture’ in India. “A much better interest was shown by the industry in this year’s TFW in comparison to the previous one, as many buyers and designers from the European and Australian sector were curious about the event. Hopefully, events such as these would help Tirupur to create a better place in the knit industry,” concluded G. Manikandan, CEO, Apparel Global Consulting.