Seventeen experts in the field of fashion and sewing from Technological university of Tajikistan and clothing companies have successfully completed an intensive tailoring course featuring the most modern design technologies and innovative trends: Drafting and Sewing Bottoms and Pattern Drafting & Sewing.

This tailoring-centric Training-for-Trainers (ToT) programme was made possible thanks to the Government of Switzerland through the International Trade Centre (ITC)’s Global Textiles and Clothing Programme, in close cooperation with the Technological University of Tajikistan (TUT). The course was held from 03 to 15 February 2020 at the TUT Garment Training Centre in Dushanbe and was jointly conducted by ITC and an expert from the Singaporean company, Textile and Fashion Industry Training Centre International ( International), Ms. Sue Lee.

The training course covered both theory and practical knowledge in pattern drafting, garment construction, and dressmaking. The participants learned to adapt a basic pattern to develop various types of dresses. Through hands-on experiences, the participants furthered their knowledge in drafting skirts and pants, and learnt more about the sewing techniques involved in their construction.

Participants in the class were equipped with necessary skills in taking body measurements and fitting adjustments for dresses. The class was guided through each step of the construction processes, including the sewing technique on corners, curves, lining and garment finishing.

The classes were conducted using a mix of hands-on activities, demonstrations, and lectures in order to convey learning concepts in a multifaceted approach, and at the end of the course, certificates of completion were awarded to all of the participants of the course. An e-learning portal by Fashive Singapore will be set up for participants of the dressmaking course to support continuous learning and embracing digital learning. Participants will be able to study further extra tutorials and refer to more learning resources

The course provided a unique opportunity for participants to develop their practical skills and creative methods for designing and sewing clothes, thereby allowing for the further transfer of the knowledge and skills they gained to their students, colleagues, and employees through the Garment Training Centre, which was established jointly by the ITC and the TUT in 2019. As a knowledge hub and bridge between the industry and educational institutions, the Garment Training Centre aims to supply the industry with a qualified skilled workforce in most efficient and effective way possible.

The International Trade Centre (ITC), supported by the Government of Switzerland, aims to increase the export competitiveness of the Tajik textile and clothing sector by supporting sector companies, and as well as relevant trade support institutions from both public and private sectors.