Young Talent Search 2018

SDC EC recently organised its 8th National Student Competition – Young Talent Search (YTS) 2018. YTS is for post graduate and undergraduate textile and fashion students in India to showcase their research work.

The competition was launched in 2007, to encourage textile students to share knowledge, research work, and innovative ideas. The theme was ‘Best from Waste’. As consumerism is on the rise, so is the waste being generated both by the users and the industry. It has become imperative that the waste be put to good use ie recycled and value created from it. This not only eases the burden of agencies engaged in waste management but we can generate profits from recycling. SDC EC initiated research papers and fashion ideas directed towards making the “Best from Waste”. The entries had to be original and have some commercial viability.

Papers were invited from technical and fashion colleges across the India. 39 entries were received from 21 different colleges from Delhi, Punjab, Jalandhar, Gurgaon, Sikar, Baroda, Ichalkaranji, Coimbatore, Pune and Mumbai. Out of these six entries from fashion and six from technical were shortlisted for final presentation. The final judging took place in March 2018. Shortlisted entries were judged by experts from industry.

Winners and runners up were announced in both categories.


The winner was Mr Pintu Pandit, ICT, Mumbai. His paper was on “Novel method of eco-friendly single bath dyeing and functional finishing of wool with waste coconut shell extract biomolecules”. Green chemistry using BioSource molecules has acquired importance in the fibre and processing industry. The present work mainly deals with the study of the efficacy of coconut shell extract (CSE) nanoparticle biomolecule, an eco-friendly natural waste product, as a dye and also as an acid dyeing medium, for coloration and multifunctional finishing of wool fabric such as fire retardancy and UV-protective effect. The wool fabric was dyed with coconut shell extract `as-it-is’ with a mean volume diameter of 30 nm and in concentrated form with mean volume diameter changed to 178 nm at pH 4.5. UV-Visible spectrometry determination was used for colour measurement whereas Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry identified some of the components of CSE. The limiting oxygen index (LOI), vertical flammability and fire retardancy were determined, while thermal degradation was studied by using thermogravimetric analysis. Scanning Electron Microscopy-Energy Dispersive X-ray Spectroscopy analysis was used to examine the surface depositions for elements present in the CSE treated fabric. The chemical modification and the structural conformation of the wool fabric were studied using Attenuated Total Reflection – Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy and X-ray Diffraction analysis. The student was mentored by Prof. Dr M D Teli.

Mr Kushal Sunil Lahoti and Mr Dhananjay Mebetar from DKTE Society’s Textile and Engineering Institute, Ichalkaranji were first runners up. Their paper was on “Structural modification of fibre and preparation of it’s composites”. Textile industries are facing a big problem of the disposal of solid waste as well as the management of textile effluent which causes water pollution. In this presentation they focused on reduction in load on textile ETP plant using agriculture solid waste using adsorption techniques. Colour particles of unfixed dye get absorbed by the material and hence water pollution gets reduced. It is observed that the resultant composites have good acoustic and anti-microbial properties. The paper contained innovative techniques of the reduction of water pollutants and reuse of the solid waste produced. They were guided by Prof. S K Lagu.

Mr S Sabrrish and Mr N Tharun, Kumaraguru College of Technology, Coimbatore, were the second runners up. Their paper was on “Best From Knitted Fabric Waste”. A detailed study was done on the rotor yarn properties of fibre and innovative home products. ln this project an attempt was made to produce a rotor spun yarn using the fibre obtained from opening up of knitted cloth waste. The knitted fabric obtained from the garment industry cutting department was used to produce the fibre. A special fabric waste opener machine was used to open the knitted cut waste fabric from which the fibre is obtained. The fibre properties were tested and mixed with viscose rayon fibre with a blend composition of 60:40. Similarly yarn produced using the ring spinning using virgin cotton mixed with viscose rayon fibre of blend proportion of 60:40. Both the yarns produced had identical parameters. The properties of yarn with respect to count, strength, RKM value, CSP, evenness were analysed. The results show there is no significant difference between the properties of yarn. When opening of knitted cut waste, we obtain some more waste before the formation of fibre. An attempt is made to use these recycled garment waste fibres and other cellulosic materials to prepare idols and other home products like trays to replace PoP and Plastics with eco-friendly materials. The products will be cheap, economical and decomposable. Natural dyes were used instead of paints and synthetic dyes. They are free from carcinogenic components and biodegradable which when disposed doesn’t pollute. They were guided by Dr L Sasikala.

Ashish Chitre Head Business Development Reactive and Vat dyes, DyStar one of jury members congratulated all behind the competition. He said the topic “Best from Waste“ is very relevant and if we don’t do something today, we will convert this beautiful planet into a dustbin. He commented that all the participants had worked hard and done justice to the programme. He hoped SDC continued to do this good work.

Along with Ashish Chitre, Deepak Karade Senior Manager – Sales, ATE Enterprises Pvt Ltd and Shriram R Atgur, Head – product safety and sustainability, Aeon Commercial India Pvt Ltd judged the Technical entries.


The winner of the fashion segment was Ms Shrutee Tokekar, School Of Fashion Technology (SOFT) Pune. Her paper was on ‘Crafting Unconventional Textiles for Social Design’. Her concept involved recycling waste plastics bags. With appropriate decontamination process, strips of these can be spun and converted into yarns. The characteristic of plastic of being waterproof can be creatively combined with any other textile so as to uplift the benefit of both the materials. One such textile is the traditional Maharashtrian blanket called ‘Ghongadi’. “Ghongadi” is a hand-woven and handspun blanket consisting of virgin wool yarns. The main feature of this blanket is to be used in winters due to its thermal properties and also in the monsoon due to its water repellant property. Ghongadi having ritualistic and medicinal values also adds an additional facet to this project. The huge array of colours and thicknesses found in the plastic wastes combined with woollen yarns, give a wide scope to explore various design possibilities in the form of patterns such as checks and stripes; which can be achieved through combinations of weaves on a handloom. This extraordinary amalgamation with versatility and utility can be further developed into fashion apparel such as overcoats, jackets etc. The student is being guided by Ms Mallika Dabhade Samant.

Ms Nikyta Dhiman, NIFT, Mumbai was first runner up . Her paper was on ‘An ‘Eggcellent’ Idea’. Her project was on the reuse of egg trays. Plastic egg trays were picked up from the scrap yard and then put together with cable bindings and converted into utility boxes which then can be used to store other items. She was guided by Ms Shweta Joshi Rangnekar.

The second runner up was held by Ms Priyanka Bhatia and Ms Megha Krishnan, SOFT, Pune. Their project was on ‘Fashioning through FLEXibility’. They were guided by Ms Garima Bhalla. The properties of the flex can be enhanced by providing aesthetics to the material using surface techniques such as “thermal manipulations, patchwork and other surface decoration techniques” in a colour blocking methodology. This would widen the horizons for functional application of the material. Keeping in mind the water resistance property as one of the key features, the recycled flex can be utilised not only for creative installations but can also be used as halt stations, promotional canopies, stalls etc. This project is an initiative to provide an opportunity by crafting one of the non-biodegradable material “flex” in order to develop “SMART TEXTILES”  that could be valuable not only to fashion but in the areas of interiors, lifestyle and accessories. They were guided by Ms Garima Bhalla.

The judges for the Fashion and Design session were established designers with their own brands, Ms Rekha Goenka Shah, Mr Reyaz Ahmed and Mr Sumant Kelenka.

Anikate Satam expressed, “It was a great pleasure to judge a competition which you have won once before. It feels like a complete cycle at SDC Young Talent Search. It was amazing to see such great talent from both technical and fashion schools across India. It was inspiring to witness young minds, new ideas and concepts toward sustainable fashion.”

Bhamini Subramaniam Ayyar and Geeta Castelino were the other two jury members who judged the fashion session.

The finale of the competition was graced by 90 delegates including Head of the Departments, faculties, company heads, industry experts and students from textile and fashion colleges.

The Winners’ cash prize was sponsored by AEON

1st Runner Ups’ cash prize was sponsored by Multistoreys Projects Pvt. Ltd.

2nd Runner Ups’ cash prize was sponsored by CLOTHRACKS

On behalf of Mumbai Chapter and SDC EC Board of Trustees, we would like to thank all the colleges and the students for their participation in the competition. Special thanks to mentors/faculty who guided the students.

For details of future events and competitions, visit the website.

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