Tasks and Skills of a Textile Designer
Head of the Department
Department of Fashion Design
KCC Women’s College (Affiliated by Khulna University)
Textile designers use traditional and modern textile manufacturing and decoration processes to create textiles for clothing and domestic and commercial furnishings.
Tasks and duties of Textile designers:
Textile designers may do some or all of the following:
- Work with clients to develop design briefs.
- Advise clients on colours and yarns.
- Draw the design on paper first and then on a computer using textile design software.
- Select the colours and designs for making the fabric.
- Paint designs for printing.
- Produce a sample of the fabric on a sample machine.
- Instruct the machine technicians to set up machines in a particular way.
- Instruct the finishers to adjust the finish to the final textile product.
- Research the textile market for future fashion trends.
- Work with customers to develop lines of textiles for the coming season.
- Record technical information, such as type and density of yarn, so that fabric costs can be calculated.
Textile designers need to have:
- Creative ability and sound drawing and design skills.
- Skills in textile design creation on computers.
- Calculation and problem-solving skills.
- Design brief interpretation skills.
- Good communication skills.
- Market research skills to work out the demands of the fabric and textile market.
- Team skills and the ability to give and take instructions.
- An ability to work to deadlines.
- To be familiar with computer-aided design and marking.
Basic word processing and data entry skills are also useful.
Textile designers must know about:
- Traditional and modern textile manufacturing processes and machinery.
- Textile materials and their properties.
- How different weaving structures can be used.
- How garments are made, when designing clothing fabric.
- Interior design, when designing commercial and domestic interior textiles.
- Fashion trends and technical advances in the textile design and manufacturing industry.
Textile designers need to have:
- A strong sense of fashion.
- A good eye for colour, pattern, shape and detail.
- Accurate and careful work habits.
- The ability to make sound judgements.
- The ability to compromise in order to create the textile designs their customers want or to meet manufacturers’ requirements.
- The ability to be observant when working alongside weaving tuners.
- Excellent colour vision is required.
How to enter the job?
A tertiary entrance qualification is needed to enter a degree programme. Useful subjects include maths, art and design or technology.
Textile design diplomas and degrees are available at polytechnics and universities. For entry to both diploma and degree programmes, candidates need to submit a portfolio of original art or design work.
Related courses that you can do:
Clothing, Fashion and Textiles
There are no other entry requirements to become a textile designer.
Useful experience includes art, design, weaving, sewing, knitting or painting.
Training on the job
Employers who employ graduates will usually train textile designers in their specific manufacturing processes.
Work places and travel
Textile designers work in design studios located in textile mills. Freelance textile designers may work from home or have design studios in art galleries.
Textile designers use a variety of equipment including:
- Computers and textile design software
- Sample looms, knitting machines or carpet tufters
- Drawing boards, various drawing and design equipment
- Paints, screen printing materials and dyes
- Yarns and color swatches.
Contact with people
Textile designers work with co-designers and design assistants, industrial weavers, finishers and menders, mill managers, printing companies, yarn suppliers and clients.