NIFT

National Institute of Fashion Technology to conduct National Sizing Survey to develop size chart

National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), New Delhi under Ministry of Textiles is going to conduct National Sizing Survey dubbed as Size India to develop comprehensive size chart for ready-to-wear industry based on body measurements of Indian population. So far, 14 countries have successfully completed national sizing surveys that include US, UK, France, Canada, Spain, Germany, South Korea, Mexico, China and Australia.

India is set to have its own clothing size chart by 2021. Under the aegis of the ministry of textiles, the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), New Delhi, is undertaking a National Sizing Survey of India to develop an India size chart for ready-to-wear clothes based on the body measurements and specifications of Indians.

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National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), New Delhi under Ministry of Textiles is going to conduct National Sizing Survey dubbed as Size India to develop comprehensive size chart for ready-to-wear industry based on body measurements of Indian population.

India is set to have its own clothing size chart by 2021. Under the aegis of the ministry of textiles, the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), New Delhi, is undertaking a National Sizing Survey of India to develop an India size chart for ready-to-wear clothes based on the body measurements and specifications of Indians.

“The approximate cost of the project is Rs 30 crore and the first installment has been released to NIFT. Once the India size chart is developed, all brands selling in India will have to carry the India size label on all clothes,” said a ministry official.

Seeking to come up with a standardized “India size chart” for the garment industry, the Country wide  National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), under the aegis of the ministry of textiles, will soon begin a national survey that will sample 25,000 people using high-tech 3D whole body scanners.

At a press conference held at the NIFT-New Delhi campus, she also said the project would be conducted over a period 2-3 years. “This would be a technological exercise where anthropometric data will be collected from a sample populace of 25,000 to create a database of measurements that will culminate in a standardized size chart, truly be representative of the Indian human population, which can then be adopted by the entire apparel industry,” said Noopur Anand, professor at NIFT-Delhi and the basic principle investigator of the task.

“The final outcome will be in numerical value. We don’t know yet, if we would be having only a single numerical marker or the more than one. Also, about 120 different anthropometric elements, including, height, weight, waist-size, hip-size, bust-size, would be included in the survey,” she said.

“The NIFT had been toying with this idea since 2006. But you can say the superstars finally aligned, and with the support of the ministry of textiles, we are ready for this exercise. Of the Rs30 crore, the ministry will give Rs21 crore and the NIFT will pitch in with about Rs9 crore,” Muraleedharan said.

In India, either the united states or the UK system of ‘small, medium, large, extra large’ has been used, and people then go for fitting accordingly. But, after this uniform size chart is available, whole country will have a “standard guide point” for ready-to-wear industry.

NIFT

 National Institute of Fashion Technology

Create in 1986, NIFT is the pioneering institute of fashion education in the country and has been in the vanguard of providing professional individual resource to the textile and clothes industry. It was made a statutory institute in 2006 by an Act of the Indian Parliament with the Leader of India as ‘Visitor’ and has full fledged campuses all across the country. Over the years NIFT has also been working as a knowledge service provider to the Union and State governments in the area of design development and setting of handlooms and handicrafts.

Ministry of Textiles

 Ministry Of Textiles

The Ministry of Textiles is responsible for the formulation of policy, planning, development, export promotion and regulation of the textile industry in India. This includes all-natural, artificial, and cellulose fibers that go into the making of textiles, clothing and Handicrafts.

 

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