The Textile Institute completes a
century of excellence
Manchester has been
home to The Textile Institute for 100 years and therefore,
for its Centenary Conference the Institute has chosen
Manchester as its venue. A pioneering city, Manchester is
home to visionaries and innovation across science and
technology, especially textiles. From flying shuttles to
magnificent flying machines, from the world’s first computer
to the Rolls-Royce car, splitting the atom and birthplace of
The Textile Institute, the only international organization,
Manchester is a truly international city, who has welcomed
the delegates of the conference to its vibrant, historic and
fashionable heart. Pakistan Textile Journal is pleased to
report on this grand event. Ed.
The Textile Institute turned 100 in 2010, and this magnificent
milestone in the Institute's history was celebrated with the
Centenary Conference at the historic Midland Hotel in
Centenary Conference programme
The speakers at the event included Professor Xiao-ming Tao,
Head of Institute of Textiles and Clothing, Hong Kong
Polytechnic University, Lord Mervyn Davies, partner and Vice
Chairman, Corsair Capital, Ashroff Omar, CEO, Brandix Lanka Ltd
and Andy Rubin, CEO, Pentland Group Ltd.
The historic Midland Hotel in Manchester - venue
of the conference.
The Monastery served as a back drop of Awards dinner and
Sustainable Design Competition.
The first afternoon of the conference concentrated on three
key areas: Sustainability; Technical Textiles; and Design,
Fashion and Footwear.
The second day presentations covered Product and Materials
Innovation; Healthcare and Medical Textiles; Marketing and
Management; Education and Training; Smart Fabrics and Wearable
Technologies; Clothing Manufacturing; Quality Control and
Testing; Future Trends and Visions; Personal Protective
Equipment; Composites; Natural Fibres and Products; and Dyeing,
Finishing and Printing.
The Textile Institute registration desk at Midland Hotel,
A special closing ceremony party, sponsored by Brandix, at
Old Trafford, the home of Manchester United Football Club.
The Monastery Manchester
The monastery Manchester was the venue of the Special Awards
and Centenary Dinner hosted by The Textile Institute. This
magnificent building was built by Franciscan Monks in the 1860s
and is greatly admired beyond Manchester’s borders.
Sustainable Design Competition
The Textile Institute Sustainable Special Interest Group,
chaired by Vanessa Knowles ran an international design
competition. The competition was sponsored by RA Smart, M&S and
GreenPac. The Furoshiki was presented as gift to the conference
delegates from the Sustainable Special interest Group of The
Textile Institute. The design was created a part of the
competition, which received applications from around the world
and it was open to all disciplines and all ages of students
studying textile, clothing and footwear.
Professor Xiao-ming Tao, Immediate Past President of The
Stephen Rubin and
Andy Rubin, Pentaland
Vanessa Knowles presenting the award to Angelique Medhurst
- winning designer of Sustainable Design Competition.
Angelique Medhurst, University of East London was the winning
designer of the Furoshiki (a Japanese warping cloth).
Angelique’s design consists of a central point to signify the
individual which is situated within an eight pointed design,
symbolizing the points of a compass, with the central flower
being repeated around the outside to show how we are influenced
by other cultures and ideas. The judges considered the
Angelique’s design very fitting and appropriate for the
centenary year of The Textile Institute, the Chrysanthemum is
the national symbol of Japan, and a symbol for long life.
The use of such textiles, referred to as furoshiki, has a
long tradition in Japan where wrapping fabric dating from the
sixth century can still be seen. The use of textiles as wrapping
fabric goes further than the bathhouses of Kyoto. In the UK,
WRAP (Waste Resources Action Programme) through the Recycle Now
website advises us to follow the Japanese tradition of using
furoshiki wrapping fabrics as an alternative to gift wrapping
paper. This furoshiki is designed with sustainability in mind,
as it is printed on recycled polyester fabric, it is a keepsake
from this prestigious and historically significant Centenary
Ejaz Akbar, Abid Iqbal Ganaie, MNA
Chishti and M. Ashraf Mirza from The Textile Institute.
The Awards Dinner
The Textile Institute Section Service Award exists to provide
recognition for distinguished and active service by a member
over several years to a particular Section or National
Committee. This year P Barry F Whitaker, Dr Rohana U Kuruppu
and M.N.A. Chishti from Pakistan, were awarded The Section
N.A. Chishti graduated in Textile Engineering in 1970 from
the National College of Textile Engineering, Faisalabad now
called National Textile University. Presently he is working in
the capacity of Senior Executive Director Monnoo Group of
Industries, one of Pakistan's biggest textile groups. He has
been a member of The Textile Institute since 1978 and was
awarded an ATI in 1983. Since 1993 he has been the Honorary
Secretary of the T. I. Lahore Section and has been instrumental
in arranging several international textile conferences.
Textile Institute Section Service Award for M.Nusrat Ali
Chishti from Lahore Chapter at Awards dinner.
Ayaz Nasim Cheema was awarded the Associateship at Awards
Hafsa Jamshaid presented a poster paper on Supply Chain
Risk Associated with Pakistan.
The Chairman of the Lahore Section is Syed Mahfooz Qutab and
other office bearers are Ejaz Akber Khan as Vice Chairman and
Ashraf Mirza as Honorary Treasurer.
Fellowship and Associateship of the
The Fellowship of the Textile Institute is a chartered
professional qualification awarded under The Textile Instiute’s
Royal Charter to members who are already Associates, or who
fulfill the requirements of the Asscoiateship, and who have made
major personal creative contribution in the field connected with
Andreas Weber CText FTI. World President of The Textile
Institute and Senior Vice President sales, marketing and
parts, and member of the Executive Board of SwissTex
Winterthur Ag, Switzerland.
The Associateship is a chartered professional qualification
which is awarded to members who have high level of knowledge in
one specialist textile area, as exemplified by an Honors Degree
or equivalent qualification, and a broad general knowledge of
textiles in related areas, together with sufficient professional
experience. This year Ayaz Nasim Ahmad Cheema from Pakistan was
awarded the Associateship of The Textile Institute. Cheema is
the technical director of Ravi Spinnings Limited based in
The cocktail reception hosted at Manchester Metropolitan
Delegates also toured Textile and Fashion Design
department at Manchester Metropolitan University.
Poster presentations from Pakistan
Hafsa Jamshaid from National Textile University, Faisalabad,
Pakistan also participated at the conference and presented a
poster paper on “Supply Chain Risk Associated with Pakistan
Another poster presentation by Dawood Mustafa Ghazali, Danish
Farooq, Saad Nasin and Asif Imran from The Textile Institute of
Pakistan focused on “Application of Silver as Antimicrobial
Agent on Cotton Based Textiles”.