India’s premier design institute, National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) has been mandated by the Union Ministry of Textiles (MoT) to produce India’s very own size chart that will help the apparel industry to tailor its products as per Indian body types.
The institute now plans to invite a global tender for high-tech 3D whole-body scanners that will be used for data collection for its ‘India Size’ survey. It is looking to procure at least three scanning machines to collect anthropometric data from different regions of the country.
Explicating the rationale of a global tender, NIFT Director General Sarada Muraleedharan reportedly told that no domestic company manufacturers such avant-garde and heavy duty machines at present. “So, we are going for a global tender. It is under legal vetting and will be floated on return,” she was quoted as saying.
The soon-to-be initiated survey will gather specimens of 25,000 people in six key cities, including New Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru Hyderabad, Kolkata and Shillong.
The requisite paraphernalia (3D whole-body scanners and computers) would be set up in three different public places in each city at a time before being shifted to the next one to be sampled, Muraleedharan further described.
Samples will be obtained from an equal number of males and females in the age between 15 and 65 years, notably. A scan of each individual will mine hundreds of measurements in a point cloud. Almost 120 varied anthropometric aspects like height, weight, waist-size, hip-size, bust-size, etc., will be considered.
The technology, according to NIFT, is absolutely safe and the person will be wearing a body suit while going through the scanner.
The project is expected to be completed in 2-3 years at a cost of roughly Rs. 30 crores. MoT has sanctioned Rs. 21 crores for financing the project, while the rest of the cost will be borne by NIFT itself.
Notably, the US and the UK dress sizing are used in India as of now. The need for a national size chart arises from the fact that local populace is ergonomically quite different from the people from other countries.
The Indian size chart, hence, would serve as a reference manual for both domestic and international apparel brands and retailers. What’s more, the chart will even aid the Indian consumers to find garments according to their size that fit them better.