Colour education for the textile dyeing industry

Recent research has shown that a significant proportion of the textile and dyeing industry workforce have stayed on beyond their planned retirement age because of a lack of suitably qualified younger replacements. With a skills gap amongst many young people entering the industry, the Foundation Textile Coloration Certificate (FTCC) and Textile Coloration Certificate (TCC) were developed to meet the needs of industry and to help fill this gap. SDC’s innovative colour education pathway has courses suitable for those from both technical and design backgrounds.

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International Summit on Textile Coloration

Sustainability is at the heart of this forthcoming event in Sri Lanka, which takes place on 8th March and is organised by SDC International.

Most people will be familiar with the story of the Emperor’s New Clothes in the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale. This summit will play the role of Andersen’s small boy and tackle some of the difficult questions around technical innovation and environmental sustainability within the textile coloration industry.

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Who grew my jeans?

by SDC’s Education Manager, Cat Blackwell

Yves Saint-Laurent once stated that jeans “are expressive and discreet, they have sex appeal and simplicity, everything I could want for the clothes I design.” But what are jeans made out of and why are they so popular?

In the 1860s blue jeans were first invented by Levi Strauss to be worn as a strong and durable material for the workwear market. Over the years they have remained in fashion and become one of the most popular casual wear items today.

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