- What is the difference between a garment technologist and a textile technologist?
Garment technologists and textile technologists carry out a range of technical, investigative and quality control work on all clothing and textiles, ensuring that products perform to specifications. They work on the development of products normally within a fashion supplier or fashion retailer head office, improve production efficiency and quality, and liaise with those involved in the production process.
The textile and clothing industries are inextricably linked, starting with the production of fibres, yarns and fabrics, and ending with the sale of finished products, which is mainly clothing but also includes household and industrial textiles. Technologists in smaller organisations are usually responsible for both clothing and textiles but in some large companies, these functions are split.
Clothing technologists are involved in all aspects of garment construction and are expected to keep up to date with technical innovations. The selection of materials they work with is wide, including natural and synthetic textiles - leather, fur, metals and plastics. Tasks typically involve liaising with designers, adapting designs to suit production methods, sourcing fabrics and accessories, undertaking quality evaluations of materials and responding to product queries, including complaints, from wholesalers and customers.
A textile technologist would be responsible for developing man-made fibres and the quality assessment of natural fibres. This includes spinning fibres into yarn and knitting or weaving yarn into fabrics as well as producing non-woven fabrics. A textile technologist would also be responsible for identifying the latest fabric trends, developments and innovations and ensuring quality in areas such as strength, durability, colour fastness and water/chemical resistance.
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